Published Aug 16, 2014
The U.S. Forest is warning visitors in the Black Balsam and Shining Rock Wilderness areas of the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, to be on the lookout for black bears and "Be Bear Aware."
The warning comes after recent bear encounters have been reported in both the Black Balsam and Shining Rock Wilderness areas, north of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Haywood County. There were no injuries.
Bear encounters aren't as funny in real life as in Yogi the Bear cartoons. Wild bears in these areas have successfully obtained food from visitors.
This time of the year black bears are opportunistically looking for food that campers and trail users bring on their trips. Regulations are being considered to require users to use bear-proof food canisters or bags. While black bear attacks on people are rare, such attacks have resulted in human fatalities.
Visitors are encouraged to prevent bear interactions with these safety tips:
Tags: Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Camping Gear, News, and US Forest Service
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