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Bear Concerns in North Carolina Park, Too

August 24, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The family campground at Mount Mitchell State Park in western North Carolina is temporarily closed because of increased activity by black bears, WSOC-TV, Charlotte, reported.

There have been recent complaints of bears rummaging for food in the campground area. Four trails are also closed.

Park rangers are hoping they will be able to reopen the campground and trails by the end of the month.

“When people camp and picnic in parks, they’re bringing food in with them and when that food is improperly stored or taken care of, that brings the bears in,” ranger Sean McElhone said.

Earlier this month, a bear got into backpacks and a cooler. Earlier this year, a bear was captured near a restaurant on the mountainside.

Hikers visiting the park Tuesday were disappointed that some of the trails were closed.

“I understand why. I wish we could make the decision ourselves to kind of heed the danger of the bears,” Jordan Boersma said.

Others were pleased that the park is taking action.

Park rangers said if you encounter a bear, you should back away slowly.

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