Black Bears in Asheville “Backyard”- NO April Fools!

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Black bears around the mountainside in Asheville, N.C. take long naps, then wake up  a little Asheville Black Bear 2014 hungry and grumpy this time of year, right?


Yes. Right! You can see new mothers and their wee cubs along the wildlife path next to an organic farm within miles of Asheville's city limits. 

I'm sure you don't need me to remind you. . .
Do NOT get close or feed them.  Don't hang out taking snapshots when the cubs are playing by the dumpsters. And that’s NO April Fool's joke!

Genus Ursus the black bears around this neck ‘o the woods live in close proximity to human beings.It's an opportunity to learn an important lesson in coexistence.

And that lesson can be brought home, unexpectedly.


In fact,  while out taking photos of the brilliant green moss I almost stumbled upon this black bear (see photo) on the slope beside our cabin here in Asheville yesterday. I heard a crunching of last November's leaves and  made a hasty retreat. With camera still in hand from a safe perch on our upper deck, I Very Carefully took this photo .

The sighting of the black bear on the wildlife path that borders our land reminded me  double my efforts to pay close attention while scouting acreage for our Asheville land clients.  

Indeed,  we are not the only travelers on the trails. . ..

Did you know thatBlack Bears Eat

  • Horsetails & grasses
  • Berries: chokecherry, huckleberry, & buffalo berry are favorites forbs (broad-leaned plants)
  • Aquatic plants such as lilies
  • Elk & Moose calves
  • Deer fawns and domestic pets
  • Ground squirrels & other small rodents
  • Wasps, Ants
  • Bees (adults & larvae)
  • Carrion


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Jeff Fisher
RE/MAX Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
RE/MAX Fine Properties

Great picture! It's amazing how we can coexist with natures wonders. We have Coyotes, Javalinas and even Bobcats in our neighborhoods at times here in Arizona.

Stay safe.

Apr 01, 2014 12:13 AM #1
Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Wow now that was quite the treat and surprise I'm sure janeAnne!  Thanks for sharing this on April Fools Day - which I don't think is a joke.

Apr 01, 2014 02:30 AM #2
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Hi janeAnne, that's an exhilarating and scary moment running into a black bear, a good reminder in some parts of the country we do coexist with them.

Apr 01, 2014 03:25 AM #3
Lisa Heglar
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Wilmington, NC

Was just up there last week and have friends and family in the area and yep they are all starting to move and will be spotted more and more over the coming weeks. Be safe and remember if you see a cub Mamma Bear is not far away and very protective. If we respect them they for the most part leave us alone. I for one would rather see one from the mountain deck and them on the other hill!!  Thanks for posting!!

Apr 01, 2014 09:29 AM #4
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi janeAnne .... what a beautiful surprise and you be careful and stay safe when out on thr trails.  Love mother nature.

Apr 01, 2014 11:40 AM #6
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

We have many bear sitings here in SoCal too and they love to come into the neighborhoods near the foothills and swim in the pools and tear up the trash. Last summer one bear opened the window and pulled off the screen and grabbed the cooling pies sitting on the counter. The bear ate them all and then left. Our Fish and Game usually tranquilizes them and drives them way up into the mountains but they seem to find their way back. Good post.

Apr 01, 2014 01:37 PM #7
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

JaneAnne glad you retreated in time.   Did not know bears ate all that.

Apr 03, 2014 03:02 PM #8
hussain hayden

great picture and experience! Thank you for the post as well. Modifikasi Motor CB 125

Apr 05, 2014 12:09 AM #9
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