Wildlife Officials: Spring Weather Is Causing Bears To Move - WSPA.com

Wildlife Officials: Spring Weather Is Causing Bears To Move

Posted: Updated:
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission says hikers and campers should expect to see bears on the move in the coming weeks as they look for something to eat. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission says hikers and campers should expect to see bears on the move in the coming weeks as they look for something to eat.
HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. -

As you seek relaxation and tranquility in the mountains of Western North Carolina, bears are looking for grub and leftovers.

"I did have a tent torn down one time by a bear on the Blue Ridge Parkway," said Rob Barnett of Mills River.

Barnett enjoys the outdoors and has come face-to-face with a bear more times than he would like to remember.

"The bear did come back and I had to run it off," says Barnett. "It was trying to get to my food in the back of my truck."

Black bears will do about anything to get a free meal and so, Barnett's experience isn't unusual.

In fact, the U.S. Forest Service issued a bear alert for the Shining Rock Wilderness Area in Haywood County after complaints of three different run-ins with the animals.

N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission Biologist Justin McVey says now is when hikers and campers will see bears.

"We have had a lot of nuisance bear reports this year. It has been pretty steady" McVey said.

McVey believes the reason why so many people are reporting problems with the animal is because there are more of them...

According to the NCWRC, the number of bears harvested this past hunting season was down 16 percent.

McVey says until the berry crop ripens in mid-June, bears will be out scavenging.

He adds it takes only one person to leave food out one time to reinforce a bear's behavior -- meaning it will come back to the place it found something to eat again and again.

While bears are typically scared of people, officials recommend to never get too close.

It's estimated that WNC is home to 5,000-6,000 black bears.

"People are going to have to learn to how to live with bears," McVey said.

"It doesn't bother me," says Barnett.

Although, Barnett admits he learned the hard way.

Officials say you are more likely to encounter a bear alone in the woods.

If you do see one, they recommend to make yourself look "big" -- wave your arms in the air, yell, stomp your feet.

If the bear doesn't run away, slowly back up.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Spokesperson: Greenville Zoo Giraffe Delivers Stillborn Calf

    Spokesperson: Greenville Zoo Giraffe Delivers Stillborn Calf

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:51 AM EDT2014-08-20 11:51:49 GMT
    FacebookFacebook
     Sad news from the Greenville Zoo Wednesday morning. City spokeswoman, Tara Eaker, says zoo staff confirmed the news around 3:25 a.m.

    Zoo staff were on-hand to monitor Autumn during the delivery. Autumn is currently doing well, but will remain off exhibit today so that she can be closely observed. 

    Sad news from the Greenville Zoo Wednesday morning. City spokeswoman, Tara Eaker, says zoo staff confirmed the news around 3:25 a.m.
    Zoo staff were on-hand to monitor Autumn during the delivery. Autumn is currently doing well, but will remain off exhibit today so that she can be closely observed. 
  • Active Shooter Training In Rutherford Co. Wednesday

    Active Shooter Training In Rutherford Co. Wednesday

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:25 AM EDT2014-08-20 09:25:06 GMT
    Officers are taking part in active shooter training scenarios around E. Rutherford Middle School.Officers are taking part in active shooter training scenarios around E. Rutherford Middle School.
    Law enforcement, emergency responders, and Rutherford County School staff will be training for an active shooter situation on Wednesday.Over 400 teachers and staff will be placed inside East Rutherford Middle and High School.The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, EMS, fire, police, 911, and medical helicopters from Mission and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center will be performing in the exercise.
    Law enforcement, emergency responders, and Rutherford County School staff will be training for an active shooter situation on Wednesday.Over 400 teachers and staff will be placed inside East Rutherford Middle and High School.The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, EMS, fire, police, 911, and medical helicopters from Mission and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center will be performing in the exercise.
  • Deadly House Fire In Walhalla

    Deadly House Fire In Walhalla

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:42 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:42:06 GMT
    An investigation is underway after a man was found dead during a house fire.An investigation is underway after a man was found dead during a house fire.
    An investigation is underway after a man was found dead during a house fire. According to the Oconee County Coroner's Office, the 911 communications center received a report of a house fire on North Andover Drive in Walhalla Tuesday night around 9:30. Multiple fire agencies responded to the fire. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found an unresponsive man, 49-year-old Michael Joseph Marcello, lying on a bedroom floor in the home.
    An investigation is underway after a man was found dead during a house fire. According to the Oconee County Coroner's Office, the 911 communications center received a report of a house fire on North Andover Drive in Walhalla Tuesday night around 9:30. Multiple fire agencies responded to the fire. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found an unresponsive man, 49-year-old Michael Joseph Marcello, lying on a bedroom floor in the home.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.