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Old 06-27-2013, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Saw this on the news this evening. If only we could train him to eat the deer. I'd rather have 1 rogue black bear than the 999,000 hungry deer we seem to have around here.

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=9153143
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:49 PM
 
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I think we'll have to eventually get used to the bears, and the sensationalism will hopefully go away. The bears are moving into the Triangle, and have been for a while. They've been spotted around our neighborhood, up by Falls Lake within the last year also. Only I don't think anyone here called 911 or WRAL.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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They're just passing through right now, but they are expanding their range and apparently have been since the 70s. The closest known bear population looks to be in Harnett county and Cumberland County according to this map from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. I think this is the time of year that young bears out on their own set off finding their own territory. There are more bears in Eastern NC than there are in the mountains — nearly twice as many, more than 11,000. It's a wonder we don't see more of them.

BTW, there are about 1.1 million deer in NC.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Durm
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Wow! I love bears.

I've always thought it was weird that they aren't in the triangle - looks like they are now. I have read too that this is when the yearling bears are out on their own...their mothers run them off in late spring so they can mate again.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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They're just passing through right now, but they are expanding their range and apparently have been since the 70s. The closest known bear population looks to be in Harnett county and Cumberland County according to this map from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. I think this is the time of year that young bears out on their own set off finding their own territory. There are more bears in Eastern NC than there are in the mountains — nearly twice as many, more than 11,000. It's a wonder we don't see more of them.

BTW, there are about 1.1 million deer in NC.
And most of them are in my yard!

I just had to chuckle at the thought of seeing a black bear on the streets of Carrboro. Do you think anybody would even notice?
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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And most of them are in my yard!

I just had to chuckle at the thought of seeing a black bear on the streets of Carrboro. Do you think anybody would even notice?
Maybe the bears chose Carrboro because all types seem to exist well in Carrboro?!!

Vicki
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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The Carrboro Bear also has a twitter feed: https://twitter.com/CarrboroBear
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:07 PM
 
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We have regular bear sightings where we live currently on the (very) Eastside of Seattle. They are no big deal for the most part, if anything, they provide more entertaining photo's than harm. Those NC copperheads I keep hearing about however, keep this gal shivering in my ol' weeny PNW rainboots.
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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It's really sad though, for they are expanding to look for food and territory. Their homelands and corridors are being fragmented by human development. They are inherently not dangerous, but when they become familiar with humans and start to go through garbage cans, there is an increased risk of an accidental yet fateful encounter with humans. And there go the bears.

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Old 06-28-2013, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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That's actually not true west seattle. If you go to that NC Wildlife page I linked you will see that the black bear population in North Carolina has rebounded greatly since the 70s and continues to grow.

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The black bear is the only bear species found in North Carolina or anywhere in the eastern United States. The successful comeback of the American black bear in North Carolina represents one of wildlife management's greatest achievements. Black bears were once restricted to remote areas and reached very low population levels in the mid-1900s. Today, black bears are found approximately 60% of the total land area of North Carolina.
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