Major North Carolina Highway Closed Due To Dangerous Interaction With Bears
OMG, if I’ve said something like this once, I’ve said it a thousand times. Life is not a Disney movie. Wild animals are just that, wild. Do not approach them. Do not attempt to take selfies with them. As a rule, keep nature at bay. I bring this up as once again we humans have chosen to cross the line unnecessarily. An eight-mile stretch of The Blue Ridge Parkway is now closed until further notice because of several reports of people feeding and attempting to hold a bear cup at the Lane Pinnacle Overlook (around 12 miles northeast of downtown Asheville).
You have GOT to be kidding me. You wanna see something that plays NO games? Check out a mama bear when it comes to her cubs. In fact, check out a mama (fill in the blank wild animal here) when it comes to her cubs. WHO would invite wrath like this?
Blue Ridge Parkway Park Superintendent Tracy Swartout tells The Citizen Times, “When people intentionally attract bears with trash and food it can lead to very dangerous situations. In this instance we want to give the bear a chance to lose interest in the area before the situation escalates and visitors or the bear are harmed.”
So now, because some idiot(s) decided it was a good idea to court disaster with Mother Nature, the rest of us are deprived of an opportunity this year to witness one of her true wonders this time of year. There’s nothing like driving in the mountains of North Carolina and seeing the fall color. Now, because I’m sure some moron(s) couldn’t live without a live bear selfie, an eight-mile stretch of The Blue Ridge Parkway is closed until further notice.