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How Transylvania County Lead The State In Bear Conservation – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 1/18/2021 at 3:47pm

These photos were snapped by Whitmire from his tree stand. (Photos by David Whitmire)

I can remember well as my grandfather rushed into the house excitedly saying, "I saw a bear track."

He worked for the N.C. Department of Transportation and saw the track off a gravel road in the Sapphire/Whitewater area of the county. The next morning was a Saturday and we drove the 20-to-30 minutes to the location so he could show me the track. Even seasoned local hunters back in the early 1970s were excited to find a fresh bear track.

It would be another 10 years before I witnessed my first in-person encounter with this iconic animal. I was bow hunting in Pisgah in the early 1980s, jus...

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