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Bear Sightings Shut Down Areas of Hendersonville

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3 bears in tree at Hendersonville High School 3 bears in tree at Hendersonville High School
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -

A mother bear and her two cubs shutdown a busy area near downtown Hendersonville for most of Thursday.

The bears were first noticed in a tree on the campus of Hendersonville High School, placing the building on a soft lockdown. Students were kept away from the front of the building and moved to the stadium for lunch.

The bears eventually moved throughout the area creating a crowd of curious on-lookers.

"I saw the momma bear and two cubs one on each side,” said driver Georgia Clark.

Hendersonville Police and the Wildlife Resources Commission spread out their search guiding the bears into a wooded area.

"There were police everywhere, so we knew something was going on,” said nearby business owner Joyce Haynes-Granger.

Wildlife officers say we can expect to see more scenes like this one because bears just can't find the food they need. A wet summer really hurt acorn growth.

“So they are on the move, looking for food,” said Wildlife Enforcement Officer Aaron Stronach. “That's probably why a lot of people are starting to see a few more bears than they usually do."

The Wildlife Commission says if you see a bear report it. Don't approach it. Instead you should stay calm by limiting noise and movement.

Read the Hendersonville Times story here

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