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Originally published: 2013-09-20 13:23:53
Last modified: 2013-09-20 13:24:37

If you see a bear, give it space

By Capt. Aaron Miller

Beware of bears.

Recently there has been an increase in the number of bear sightings around Blowing Rock.

Residents are reporting seeing bears in their neighborhoods and around their homes.

Although the black bear may be one of the more docile bears that live in North America, they are wild animals and can be very dangerous. Black bears can reach 5 to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 500 ponds.

Bears in our neighborhoods are looking for one thing, food. Bird feeders, dog food and trash left outdoors can attract bears.

If you see a bear, keep your distance. Never try to approach or corner a bear. Keep sources of food away from bears and never intentionally feed a bear.

Bears that frequently find food in our communities may become a nuisance or become aggressive. Just remember to leave the bears alone and they will return to their habitat.

Sept. 15 though Sept. 21 is National Child Passenger Safety Week. The week is designated to bring awareness to child passenger safety issues.

As part of our awareness campaign, the Blowing Rock Police Department, Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue and Safe Kids Watauga will be teaming up for a free car seat safety inspection and clinic.

The inspection station will be set up at Tanger Outlets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 21.
Parents and caregivers who would like to have their child safety seat inspected may drop by during those hours. Look for the Safe Kids tent in the parking lot.

Certified bike patrol officers from Blowing Rock Police will also be on hand to provide bicycle safety education for kids and grown-ups.

Three traffic accidents were reported last week. The first incident occurred on Sept. 9 when a vehicle struck a deer on Highway 221.

A two-car collision occurred on Sept. 13.

According to the report, a vehicle driven by George Linburg White of Taylorsville allegedly failed to reduce speed and struck a vehicle driven by Lindsay Claire Armstrong of Boone.

The accident occurred on Highway 321 at Country Club Lane.

There were no injuries and damages were estimated at $5,000.

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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