Author: NCWRC blogger/Tuesday, June 13, 2023/Categories: Blog, Conservation, Regulations, Wildlife Management
On Saturday, June 10, 2023, the North Carolina Wildlife Commission (Commission) was contacted regarding a black bear suffering from injuries due to a collision with a motor vehicle on I-240 East near Montford Avenue in Asheville. The most humane option given the extent of injuries it sustained was to euthanize the bear.
In the case of vehicle collision or other situations where a bear is injured, Commission staff will investigate and exercise one of the following options:
The Commission encourages the public to report injured and/or vehicle-struck bear by calling the N.C. Wildlife Helpline at 866-318-2401 or email@example.com.
Black Bear Rehabilitation
The capture and attempted rehabilitation of subadult (defined as a bear 24-36 months old) or adult black bears is not something any state wildlife agency in the United States does outside of very special circumstances. This is for several reasons:
Requests for a Black Bear Rehabilitation Facility
Rehabilitation of Black Bear Cubs
What is the Wildlife Commission doing to address vehicle-animal collisions?
Photo information: Rehabilitating black bear cubs that are less than 1 year old (such as this 6-week old bear cub) for eventual release in the wild is a common practice among state wildlife agencies, including in North Carolina.
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