My friend … saw a bear crossing Fairview Road on her way home from work the other day. [Another friend] showed me a picture of the coyote she saw on the commuter part of the [Blue Ridge] Parkway last week; [another] posted pictures on Facebook of bears in her Town Mountain driveway.
The neat thing is, none of [them] freaked out about it. And neither do folks who live in gorgeous places like Wyoming and Montana. It is part of the beautiful natural scenery they enjoy while living out there. So, why do we act like we don't know what to do when we encounter our natural wildlife here in the mountains of Western North Carolina?
Recently, staff at the Wild Birds Unlimited store in south Asheville gave a talk about how to feed the birds, not the bears. This is a commonsense approach to the issue of living in an area like ours.
There is no need for scare tactics and unnecessary killing of wild animals. So my thinking is, we need to get a grip. We need to learn to live with our lovely, natural wildlife here, not destroy it.
— Angela Sego