Advocate Says Killing Black Bears Isn't Answer
Even though we live in bear country, they remain a source of intrigue and sometimes fear.
Many believe the sprawling black bear population is to blame. But Mountain Wildlife Outreach coordinator John Edwards disagrees with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission's proposal to address the issue.
"The biggest concern is they're going to up the bag limit from one to two, meaning they're gonna kill twice as many bears," Edwards says. "And they're also gonna lengthen the hunting season. "
More education is needed, not more bloodshed, he says. Edwards thinks distributing information about food sources and bear behavior is the real answer.
"The instances that are occurring can be prevented through education," he tells us. "People have responsibility as well as the bears. "
He stresses that food sources are what bring black bears to your neighborhood.
"And if we are careful with our food," Edwards says, "Particularly with our garbage."
With more public awareness, Edwards says we can protect North Carolina's treasures and keep ourselves safe in the process.