The HCCA has heard our neighbors' concerns about the increasing bear activity in the neighborhood. We are excited to share that Haw Creek has been invited to participate in the second phase of the Urban/Suburban Black Bear Study, a collaborative research project between NCSU and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Since 2014, the researchers have been live-trapping and GPS-radio-collaring resident black bears in Asheville to learn about urban black bear spatial ecology, movements, demography, and reproduction.
If Haw Creek residents decide to participate in the study, we will provide the researchers with live-trap sites. We will also voluntarily participate in BearWise, a regional program that promotes responsible co-habitation with black bears through bear-proofing strategies. This project gives us an exciting opportunity to be directly involved in wildlife research efforts, and assist in providing science-based information to create informed and effective management plans for black bears in urban/suburban areas.
Please join the HCCA for a very important community meeting regarding our participation in the study:
Black Bear Study & BearWise Community Meeting
Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church Sanctuary
Researchers Jennifer Strules and Ashley Hobbes will help us understand what becoming BearWise-compliant entails and how individual households will participate. Participation in this study will require a high level of community cooperation, so this is our opportunity to learn more and ask questions before deciding to move forward.
Please make plans now to attend this important community meeting.