NC black bears

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SPRUCE PINE — A North Carolina wildlife official says a man and his dog were bitten by a black bear that was trying to defend her cub.

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WAYNESVILLE — An attempt to tree a bear in western North Carolina has ended with a hunter injured and the bear dead.

James Nifong

Every so often you hear about animals appearing in places you’d never expect them. River otters have been showing up in salt water environments off North Carolina’s coast. Occasionally, alligators too. 

It was a run in like that that led Duke University scientist Brian Silliman to take on his latest research.