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Know About the Black Bear  

Offered by Ed Raiola


Feeding bears (intentionally or unintentionally) trains them to approach homes and people for more food. Bears will defend themselves when they get too close to people so don’t risk your safety and theirs!  Bear Safety Tips


Food and food odors attract bears so don’t reward them with easily available food or garbage. A bear’s strongest sense is smell. They can pick up a scent from over a mile away!

Birdseed and other grains have a high calorie content making them very attractive to bears. It is very difficult to keep bird feeders and spillage safe from bears.

Feed outdoor pets portion sizes that will be completely eaten during each meal or remove leftover food. Securely store these foods so nothing is available to bears.

After you use an outdoor grill, clean it thoroughly and make sure that all grease and fat is removed. Store cleaned grills and smokers in a secure area that bears can’t get into.

Share news about recent bear activity and how to avoid bear conflicts with your friends and neighbors. Bears have adapted to living near people; are you willing to adapt to living near bears?

Bearwise Helps People Live Responsibly with Bears


SheVille Team

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Comments (4)

  • Ruth bone


    We have “done/complied with” all the known safety things living amongst the bears. There is absolutely NOTHING you can do when accidently getting between a mother bear and her cubs. NOTHING. She acted out of protection for her young and I acted out of protection for our dog and myself. Both of us could have been critically mauled, or worse. Only SOLUTIONS are less bears which means either relocation or some effort to sterilize some of the mothers.

  • Angela M Stone


    Actually, “these” bears were relocated from Cherokee many years ago (30 some years ago I am guessing). They were a nuisance to visitors there. Now they are a nuisance to us in the same way.

  • SheVille Team


    Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.
    So here’s a question. Because lots of us in Western North Carolina live in designated Urban Wildlife Areas, what would you do differently now to protect yourself and your pets? We think this question is particularly important for people moving to the mountains from other urban area who have not had to consider the issue before.

  • Ruth bone


    We live in haw creek. Many bears. You read about more moms with four and five cubs article around here, kennilworth, and beaver dam. Myself and our golden retriever were savagely attacked two years ago right at the foot of our deck stairs. We unknowingly at midnight were between mom and four cubs. Mom lunged in the air trying to kill our dog. I beat her head and nose enough times with a rain stick no less, and she finally moseyed off. I had a bad gash on my left arm. Nia was clawed deeply from her neck to her tailbone. Vet bill was high. We BOTH had PTSD for months. Since then, when we see bears, my immediate ‘feeling’ is nauseous followed by why do we not relocate the bears???? The forest service said to me ” we just do not relocate bears, period.” I frequently read comments under photos submitted of the bears that either say ‘oh, how cute they are”, or wow, how cool. We have destroyed their habitats and the cubs will soon be older and looking for food…………how cute is this really???

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