Photo Credit: Karen Lebing
Caption: After the corn is harvested, black bears stalk through the corn stalks looking for stray ears not harvested, and kernels on the ground that broke off during the harvest. Recently, on Alligator River Refuge, this large black bear was seen foraging through the dried corn. Black bears are omnivorous and will eat just about anything. But corn is one of their favored foods.
Visit National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Open 7 days a week 9 am-4 pm Mon-Sat & Noon-4 pm Sun. Admission is free. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Alligator_River/
USE YOUR MANNERS and BASIC COMMON SENSE! For the safety of yourself and your family, as well as the wildlife you are viewing, ALWAYS VIEW FROM A SAFE DISTANCE! If you see a change in the behavior of the wildlife (they move away, etc), you are TOO CLOSE! And. remember: all traffic laws apply on Refuge roads. Seat belts, car seats for children, etc. - whatever is required by the State on a public highway is required on the Refuge! Learn more about tips for safety during bear encounters at http://bearwise.org/bear-safety-tips/bear-encounter/