The in-town bear problem is escalating. Last summer, I had the luxury of taking walks in my Grove Park neighborhood until I had face-to-face encounters with three different bears. So, I went to a City Council meeting and begged them to intervene with some type of protective measures. Their condescending attitude toward me was insulting, even though, at that time, there were 200 tagged bears in the city limits.
Living with bears in our urban environment is not normal. This summer, the situation is exponentially worse. My neighbor was charged by a 500-pounder a couple weeks ago while putting out his garbage. This same leviathan knocked over my garbage twice last week. So, I called the police. Sorry, they said. So I called the head wildlife guy. Never called me back.
So I called the N.C. Real Estate Commission’s legal department … and asked them to add a clause to the property disclosure statement letting buyers know that it is dangerous to live in North Asheville. Someone needs to inform all these unsuspecting transplants who are moving here in droves and are paying outrageous prices for housing without being told that hanging out in their backyards at night might be an invitation for disaster. Are we really going to wait until there’s a catastrophe before officials take some sort of rational action?
— Allison Frank