Multiple bear encounters reported

bear in forest

PRESS RELEASE – The U.S. Forest Service – National Forests in North Carolina is receiving reports of bear encounters throughout the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests.

Visitors say bears are tearing down bear bags from trees, carrying off backpacks, spending hours near campsites and are not affected by efforts to scare them away.

A hard-sided, bear-resistant canister remains a best practice for preventing bears from accessing food and scented items. For safety tips, visit

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