Georgia – Aggressive Bear – Blood Mountain




The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has received a report of an aggressive bear on the summit of Blood Mountain (NOBO mile 28.9) that came within a foot of hikers and showed no fear of humans. All area visitors should use caution and keep in mind that bears can roam over large distances in search of food. Hikers should never leave food unattended and be sure to keep a clean camp and store all food and “smellables” properly.

Hikers are required to use a hard-sided bear canister between Jarrad Gap and Neel Gap (NOBO miles 26.3 – 31.3) from March 1 to June 1. The ATC recommends that all Appalachian Trail (A.T.) campers use a bear canister for the duration of their trip, no matter the time of year.

To learn more about bear safety, proper food storage, and the bear canister lending program in Georgia, visit:

Bear encounters along the A.T. should be reported via the ATC’s Bear Encounter Report form.