In a statement, Cpl. Tania Finn, media relations officer with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, said "Given the paint markings on the device, it is believed to be a live ordnance. We have the area cordoned off in order to ensure the safety of park users while we await the attended of the Canadian Forces Explosive Disposal Unit from Esquimalt."
Officers responded to the area to examine the device and send photos to the EOD unit. The immediate area was closed off and other areas of the trail were restricted while awaiting the unit that safely disposed of the device. The Cosens Bay area had at one point been used as a testing range for mortar rounds.