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Bears hitting the slopes without a lift pass near Nelson
Whitewater Ski Resort reports that a bear wandering around their Glory Chair, likely awake due to the warm temperatures.
A blog post describes the bear as wandering around during the day and going back to its den at night.
“This is unusual winter behaviour for a bear and we are hoping that colder, winter temps will prevail and the bear will go back to its den and back into its more usual winter pastime… hibernation,” says the blog post.
Whitewater is warning skiers to stay away from the bear and ask that everyone skiing in the Glory terrain be especially conscious of food and garbage, as this will further attract the bear.
The bear has been reported to conservation officers who are monitoring the situation. The resort doesn’t want to see the bear become habituated to humans and then killed because of concerns for human safety.
“So do a little snow dance so we can all ski some more powder and this beautiful bear can go back to bed,” reads their blog.
Bears have been seen waking up around Nelson as weather has been unseasonably warm. Earlier this month a bear was on a Blewett deck overnight.