Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Forest Service Issues Warning about Black Bears in Shining Rock Wilderness

The U.S. Forest Service issued a warning yesterday for visitors to the Shining Rock Wilderness area of the Pisgah National Forest to be on the look-out for black bears.

While black bear attacks on people are rare, such attacks have resulted in human fatalities.

The warning comes after several bear encounters were reported recently in Shining Rock Wilderness, located north of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Transylvania County. Although minor property damage has been reported, there were no injuries.

Visitors are encouraged to prevent bear interactions by practicing the following safety tips:

* Do not store food in tents.
* Properly store food by hanging it in a tree or in another secure container.
* Clean up food or garbage around fire rings, grills or other areas of your campsite.
* Do not leave food unattended.

For more tips from the forest service, please click here.



hiker-hiking said...

Good to know. thanks for the info!

smoky scout said...

Several weeks ago I was dayhiking at Shining Rock and a backpacker told us that a bear had been at their campsite the night before. It was after food that other campers had stored in their tent. Duh.

The Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

Probably newbies!!

Sedona Trail said...

Appreciate the info. It's always wise to remember those safety tips. They're not only to avoid bear encounters but to avoid other wild animals as well. Also good to remember that those bears only look "cute and cuddly" in photos and as stuffed toys.