BEAR ALERT!

THE WEST VIRGINIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE IS ADVISING HIKERS, HUNTERS, FISHERMAN AND GOLFERS TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS AND BE ON THE ALERT FOR BEARS WHILE IN THE POTOMAC HIGHLANDS. THEY ADVISE PEOPLE TO WEAR NOISE-PRODUCING DEVICES SUCH AS LITTLE BELLS ON THEIR CLOTHING TO ALERT BUT NOT STARTLE THE BEARS UNEXPECTEDLY. THEY ALSO ADVISE YOU TO CARRY PEPPER SPRAY IN CASE OF AN ENCOUNTER WITH A BEAR. IT IS ALSO A GOOD IDEA TO WATCH FOR SIGNS OF BEAR ACTIVITY.

PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DROPPINGS OF BLACK BEAR AND THEIR LARGER GRIZZLY BEAR COUSINS. BLACK BEAR DROPPINGS ARE SMALLER AND CONTAIN BERRIES AND POSSIBLY SQUIRREL FUR. GRIZZLY BEAR DROPPINGS HAVE BELLS IN THEM AND OFTEN SMELL LIKE PEPPER SPRAY. :-)



Learn more about bears at: http://www.americanbear.org/
and http://www.black-bears.org/
and http://www.wvbears.com/
:-)
Charlie WinfreeCharlie Winfree, Realtor
Coldwell Banker / Home Town Realty
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