It's easy to forget that we are tromping around on land that lions, tigers and bears believe is theirs. As when we visit our other neighbors -- especially less civilized relatives on major holidays -- we are expected to bring food and share it.
Bears can be especially perky these days. That's why the U.S. Forest Service is encouraging campers and visitors to the national forests in North Carolina to practice black bear safety when wandering in the woods.
The warning comes on the heels of six bear encounters on the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest over the past two weeks. The incidents occurred in the Graveyard Fields, Black Balsam, and Shining Rock Wilderness areas just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. In these cases the bears took food from camp sites. While no injuries were reported, visitor's tents and packs were damaged.
While black bear attacks on people are rare, such attacks have sometimes resulted in human fatalities.
Visitors are strongly encouraged to prevent bear interactions by practicing the following safety tips:
Meeting bears in the wild lessens the likelihood that "you-know-who" will EVER go into the woods with you again, so we encourage you to click on the helpful link below. Thank you.
Tags: Tourism, Appalachian Trail, and Hiking
Bear encounters can be pleasant or dangerous. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has safety tips about what to do if you meet Yogi on the trail.
The Forest Service's Bear Necessities for safety in the woods include not leaving food outside and what to do if you encounter a bear in the woods.
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Published Aug 16, 2014.
Areas of the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina require bear canisters for overnight camping in the Pisgah National Forest due to encounters with bears.
Published Oct 17, 2012.