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North Carolina is home to lots of wildlife. Many species of wildlife that wander into populated areas do not cause damage in the traditional sense, but can be considered nuisances merely by their presence.

Wildlife that cross roads, nest and feed in and around homes, make noise, and leave droppings are common occurrences that can often interrupt everyday life.

This video shows you how not to attract small wild animals. 

Concerned about black bears? You are most likely to see one May through July. If you see a bear, report it to police. Stay away from the animal and do not provoke it or entice it with food. If you are in a vehicle and the bear is on the roadway or attempting to cross the roadway, allow it to do so safely.

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission and Guilford County Animal Control offer the following information about why they will not trap and relocate nuisance bears:

  • Most conflicts do not warrant trapping. For example, a bear simply being in a neighborhood is not threatening so not cause for trapping. 
  • In most cases, people are the cause of the problem and the best long-term solution involves removal of things that attract bears, like bird feeders and unsecured garbage, rather than destruction of the bear.
  • Simply catching every bear that someone sees is not an option because there are too few remote places left to relocate bears where they will have no contact with humans.
  • Relocated bears often return to the place they were originally captured.
  • The process of catching bears is difficult and can be more dangerous for the bear, the public, and the captors than letting the bear take its natural course.
Learn more about black bears by watching this video