Residents urged to be ‘bear smart’

ASHEVILLE – Black bears are an important part of North Carolina’s fauna. However, as people move into bear country in increasing numbers, it is ultimately human attitudes toward bears that will determine whether bears will continue to exist in our state.

Unfortunately, bears are viewed either as dangerous animals or cuddly pets.  Wildlife experts urge us to avoid these extreme views and to instead show a healthy respect for this magnificent forest animal.

Take look at this “Bear Smart” brochure and watch the below video from the Asheville Police Department’s Animal Services Unit  to help ensure that bears and people can live together safely in our community.