Bear watch

Western North Carolina is host to several state and local agencies that offer a wealth of information about black bears and how best to live around them. Below are several organizations that residents can contact with questions, concerns or if they are interested in lending a hand:

North Carolina Wildlife Commission (

  • District 8 (McDowell, Yancey, Mitchell, Rutherford)
    Danny Ray
  • District 9 (WNC)
    Justin McVey

B.E.A.R. Taskforce (MountainTrue)


City of Asheville Animal Services

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Max Hunt grew up in South (New) Jersey and graduated from Warren Wilson College in 2011. History nerd; art geek; connoisseur of swimming holes, hot peppers, and plaid clothing. Follow me @J_MaxHunt

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