No matter what you think about bears, when someone says, “I saw a bear,” you listen. If you want to see a bear, then you must attend the Black Bear Festival in Plymouth, NC June 3 & 4.
Increasingly, we are beginning to see bears here in eastern North Carolina. They are mostly in the mountains and coastal regions – bears love our coastal Pocosin habitat.
In one of the articles I read, eastern North Carolina was said to have the highest Black Bear population of all the states. A 500-pound bear is not at all uncommon and bear biologist, Colleen Olfenbuttel, confirmed that they are seeing “an increased frequency of 700+ pound bears.”
When I was a child we had two gardens: one near the house and one early garden down near the woods. Every year, we saw bear tracks in the early garden. My mother told me that they were moving from the Pocosin (upland swamp) to another habitat. In the fall, the tracks went back the other way.
The small Inner Banks town of Plymouth, NC (located on the way to the Outer Banks) has a Black Bear Festival every June. In June the farmers harvest the winter wheat and the bears come out to forage. Bears also like acorns, frogs, fruit, fish, peanuts, seeds and even small mammals. I love that this bear is so trendy eating the dandelions!
Have you seen a bear? If you want to see one, then be sure to pop in at the North Carolina Black Bear Festival in Plymouth, NC, June 3-4.
There will be skydiving bears, biplane rides, pontoon boat rides, Bandits flight formation team, classic air show and more. https://www.ncbearfest.com/ActivitySchedule.aspx
Information for the festival tours can be found on the festival website and you
The festival promises “relentless food” and great music – something for everyone. Don’t wait too late to book your place and pontoon rides and flight rides!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
North Carolina Black Bear Festival
June 3 & 4, 2023
Washington County Travel & Tourism or http://www.ncbearfest.com/festival-activities-saturday.html
20 miles east of BIG MILL B&B
124 miles east of Raleigh, NC
94 miles south of Norfolk, VA
48 miles east of Greenville, NC
Big Mill Bed & Breakfast
Williamston, NC 27892
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