Bear Threat Closes 4 More North Carolina Sites
The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina have announced the closure of four more sites in the Appalachian Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest because of human encounters with bears over the past couple days, the Carolina Public Press reported.
Effective immediately, the following sites are closed until Aug. 29, pending a reduction in bear activity:
- Briar Bottom Campground.
- Black Mountain Campground.
- Forest Service Road 472 (no entry, including hiking and camping).
- Neals Creek Road.
A number of bear encounters have been reported this week in Yancey County. To ensure public safety, the Forest Service decided to close certain sites. The Aug. 12 announcement follows the Aug. 10 closure of four trails in the Appalachian Ranger District because of increased bear activity. The Aug. 10 closure included the following sites, which are now also closed until Aug. 29: