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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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HENDERSONVILLE — Wildlife officials in North Carolina are investigating what happened to a black bear that was found dead and bound with a rope around its neck.

Three people were arrested after Henderson County deputies investigating possible bear poaching were fired on.  The sheriff’s office says Hunter Alan Wright, 22, James Bradley Owen, 21, and Owens’s father, James Gary Owen, 49, were arrested shortly after the incident near Mills River Saturday night.