The Pisgah National Forest is encouraging visitors to Graveyard Fields, Black Balsam, or the Shining Rock Wilderness areas of the Pisgah Ranger District to be on the look-out for black bears.
http://go.usa.gov/czWXR) and a camping closure in Graveyard Fields (see http://go.usa.gov/czXJQ). Backcountry users must use commercially-made canisters constructed of solid, non-pliable material manufactured for the specific purpose of resisting entry by bears.
Black bears look for food that campers and trail users bring on their trips. While black bear attacks on people are rare, such attacks have resulted in human fatalities.
Visitors can minimize the possibilities of bear interactions by practicing the following safety tips:
* Do not store food in tents
* Properly store food and scented items like toothpaste by using a bear-proof container and properly hanging it in a tree
* Clean up food or garbage around fire rings, grills, or other areas of your campsite
* Do not leave food unattended
For more tips, visit http://go.usa.gov/czWbW or go to www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc and click on “Learn about Bear Safety.”