The Transylvania Times -

By Park Baker
Staff Writer 

Warning Issued After Panthertown Bear Encounter


April 20, 2017

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is recommending that visitors avoid camping in Panthertown Valley until June 1 because of reports of encounters with black bears.

Panthertown Valley is designated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as part of the Panthertown-Bonas Defeat Bear Sanctuary, meaning black bears are protected in that area.

During this time of the year, black bears are hungry...

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