Despite our unprecedented warm weather this winter, most of Western North Carolina’s black bears are sleeping deep right now, and some females have just recently given birth. Bears are among the most charismatic species in the eastern U.S., and bear ecology is pretty fascinating. The WNC bear population is super healthy and we are learning much more about their movements, habitat needs, and tolerance for living around people.
I’ve given this presentation several times around WNC now, but I’ve been working to turn it into an article others can access.
More about bears ecology in western North Carolina and how the Grandfather CFLR project impacts bears.