NC Closes Two Campgrounds Due To BearsUSDA Forest Service, Bear Hunting Magazine
The U.S. Forest Service reported that Shining Rock Wilderness and Graveyard Fields campgrounds are currently closed due to seven bear encounters with humans that have recently taken place. The last incident, which happened on Monday night, occurred when a bear damaged a tent and a food bag. There were people inside the tent, but no one was injured.
According to local officials, there have been an above-average number of encounters with bears this year and that is what led to the unusual closing. The closure is just for overnight camping and the areas are still open for daily visits.
The U.S. Forest Service will monitor conditions to determine when it is safe to open the areas back up to camping.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission believe an acorn shortage at higher elevations was a contributing factor to the recent emergence of the black bears. The acorn crop at the higher elevations wasn’t sufficient enough to feed the bears, which pushed them down to a more plentiful crop at lower elevations.