Current Conditions


Man captures incredible photo of picnicking bear in Coldstream

This bear stopped in for a light lunch of chestnuts in the backyard of a Tebo Drive property in Coldstream.
Image Credit: Rick Zoethout
October 17, 2014 - 2:38 PM


VERNON - It was a scene right out of a children's story: A bear nonchalantly snacking on chestnuts at a picnic table. No, it’s not photoshopped.

Rick Zoethout, with Cidel Moving and Storage, captured the photo while loading items into a home. He says one of his employees heard a rustling in the bush and, thinking it was a dog, stuck his hand over and said ‘Come here puppy.’ Instead, a bear wandered into view and moseyed around the yard until something caught his attention.

“He saw chestnuts sitting on a picnic table and helped himself,” Zoethout says.

The chestnuts were in a muffin tin, likely having been played with earlier by some kids. The cinnamon-hued black bear sat for about five minutes, then headed down to Coldstream Creek, which borders the Tebo Drive property, and disappeared.

“He was definitely not threatening,” Zoethout says. “He was pretty calm and just going about his way. It was pretty cute.”

Nonetheless, maybe it's a good thing the bear didn't stick around for dessert. 

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2014
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular kamloops News
  • Comments
  • Routine stop in Kamloops turns into yelling match on Halston Avenue
    KAMLOOPS - What should have been a straightforward impaired driving check became tense yesterday as people in two cars yelled at each other about who had guns in their cars, police say. Arou
  • RCMP confirm death of Vernon man was a homicide
    VERNON - What was first described as a suspicious death in Vernon is now being called a homicide by RCMP. Police are officially releasing the identity of a man found dead last Thursday, Mar
  • Kamloops RCMP bust drug dealer
    KAMLOOPS – Police in Kamloops have arrested a Falkland man for drug trafficking following an investigation two weeks ago. RCMP say members of the Street Level Drug Unit conducted an in
  • UPDATE: Man police sought identified
    KAMLOOPS - Kamloops RCMP have spoken with a man they were looking for in connection to a case of false identity. After an RCMP media release this morning, March 29, asking the public for tip
  • Body of man found dead in Vernon identified
    VERNON - The man found dead last week in Vernon has been identified as Dustin Rogers in a report from Global News. According to police, a body was discovered about 7:24 a.m. March 23 near
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile