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Black Mountain residents sees increased bear activity

There have always been bears in the Black Mountain area. But not like this year. I have seen no less than six in the past month, all but one of them at close range. Too close. 

Granted, I take walks almost every day, usually in the vicinity of Lake Tomahawk, along Rhododendron Avenue, Connally Street and Azalea Avenue. But to see so many bears so close is not only surprising, it is alarming, particularly due to the fact that children are often walking to and from bus stops or playing on these same streets. 

Let's not forget it was only a few weeks ago that a woman was attacked on Eastwood Avenue in Swannanoa. She doesn't live in a secluded cabin in the woods. Her house is in Grovemont, a fully developed residential area. 

The danger is real.

I'm not sure what kind of long-term solution to this problem might be possible, but in the meantime, it's important that we refrain from putting our garbage out until the morning of collections and be careful not to put bird seed, or any other food that might attract bears, out. We need to be aware of the increasingly frequent sighting of these beautiful but potentially dangerous animals, particularly during this time of year.

Dan Garvy

Black Mountain 

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