But with summer outdoor recreation season in full swing, bears are smart enough to know that people in the backcountry means food in the backcountry. So, now they’re frequently scavenging campgrounds and raiding picnics backpacks, coolers, and food caches.
The U.S. Forest Service just recently issued a warning that bear encounters in North Carolina’s National Forest are unusually high right now, and they’re advising anyone enjoying the great outdoors in that area to take special precautions to avoid bears. Incidents like this are always a good reminder to brush up on safety tips for staying calm during bear encounters.
“Visitors on the Nantahala National Forest are asked to take precautions to avoid bears after recent reports of increased bear encounters within the Wilderness.
No injuries have been reported. Encounters include bears stealing food and backpacks. The bears will often stay in the area of the incident for multiple hours, possibly days, depending on availability of food sources. This time of the year black bears are opportunistically looking for food that campers and trail users bring on their trips.
If you are attacked by a black bear, try to fight back using any object available. Act aggressively and intimidate the bear by yelling and waving your arms. Playing dead is not appropriate.”
#BearActivityAlert Visitors to the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness on the Nantahala National Forest are asked to take…