Special Bear Montreat Minute

Bears and the Trash Convenience Center

Please be aware that there is quite a bit of bear activity at the Town’s Trash Convenience Center near the Town Hall. Bears have been getting into the dumpsters on a frequent basis with residents confronting them when disposing of trash. One particular bear has shown aggressive behavior.

Here’s what to do to be safe:

  • When approaching the Convenience Center, look closely for bears prior to exiting your vehicle
  • Once out of your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings and any approaching bears
  • New sliding doors have been installed on the dumpsters. Please make sure they are completely closed and the wedge to secure the door is in place (see photo below). If they are not able to get food from the dumpsters, they will go elsewhere for their meals.
  • Until the bears move on, use the Convenience Center during the day only, as bear activity increases at dusk and dark

Also Note: There have been reports of individuals intentionally feeding bears. Not only is it dangerous to do so, but it is a violation of Town ordinances and subject to stiff fines. If you observe someone feeding bears, please call Town Clerk Angie Murphy at 828/669-8002, ext 1 to report the incident.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Town staff at [email protected] or call 828/669-8002, ext 1. Thank you for your assistance.