Yeah, I thought that would get your attention.
How many bears dwell and hunt along the Appalachian Trail? More than the number of people who think pink hair, eyeball piercings and who refuse to wear deodorant in order to save the environment (but not friendships) combined.
Let me break this to you gently: bears live in the woods.
Don't be surprised if you see a few or a flock when you go to their place for the weekend.
The US Forest Service in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest says there was a recent pantry raid by a hungry bear going for food hanging from a tree. Probably thought it was a pinata.
Final score: Bear - one. Food in the Tree - zero.
There were no injuries reported and no damage that couldn't be rectified with some hot water and a few squirts of Kaboom!
Our pals at the Pisgah Forest encourage you to avoid bear interactions by taking the following steps:
o Do not store food in tents.
o Properly store food by hanging it in a tree or in another secure container 150 feet away from camp. (Hint: That's half the length of a football field.)
o Clean up food or garbage around fire rings, grills or other areas of your campsite.
o Do not leave food unattended.
Never invite strange bears into your campsite for a dinner.
The meal might end up being you.
If I told you that black bears come in different colors ... like white ... you wouldn't believe me. Right? Click on the link.
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Published Aug 16, 2014.