North Carolina – Bear Activity – Southern Nantahala Wilderness

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05/02/2022

In previous years bears have been active from Deep Gap to Mooney Gap (NOBO miles 65.6 – 98.1). This year, so far, bears have been active in this section of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) at Beech Gap (NOBO mile 90.3) and Carter Gap Shelter (NOBO mile 93.5), including reports of a bear that took food and “bluff charged” hikers. All area visitors should use caution, keep a clean camp and be sure to properly store food and other “smellables.” The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) recommends that all overnight hikers carry a bear canister.

To learn more about bear safety, proper food storage on the A.T., and the bear canister lending program, visit: https://appalachiantrail.org/explore/plan-and-prepare/hiking-basics/safety/bears/

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