I have a friend that lives in Boone and she will periodically send us pictures and videos of bears coming up on her porch and checking out the bird feeder. OK, this is normal. After all, we are used to bears being in the mountains right? You could have knocked me over with a feather when my next door neighbor and good friend Rosie sent me a text at 8 on Wednesday night saying there was a bear in OUR neighborhood.
When she sent the text that another neighbor spotted the creature, I must say I wasn’t 100 percent convinced. There wasn’t a picture to prove it so maybe our neighbor was confused about what he saw. Nope, he did indeed see a bear “hauling butt” in the gelding pasture on the farm where I live in Clover.
Apparently this bear or his bear family has been all over Clover and York County this week. Get all the details here from Channel 3 in Charlotte.
My neighbor and many others contacted the Department of Natural Resources. They advise to leave the bear alone and not to approach. They also say this is not as uncommon as we might think. “They are all over” they told my friend.
I ride trails on my horse and love to hike as well. We are used to deer, turkey, coyote, skunk, snakes and other wildlife. Now, I am well aware we need to keep an eye out for bears as well.
Here is the text from my neighbor alerting me of our visitor:
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