Black bears around the mountainside in Asheville, N.C. take long naps, then wake up a little 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)