A group of wildlife lovers area has launched an initiative to make the Cashiers and Highlands area a “Bear Smart” community.
“Black bears can live with people. Can people live with black bears?” asked Bill Lea of Franklin, both a black bear expert and world-class nature photographer.
The “Bear Smart” project aims to educate homeowners on how to prevent bear conflicts, and how to handle them if they occur.
The Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance is heading up the initiative, which also includes members Wild South and the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society chapter.
“Bears are a valuable and important part of the natural world,” said John Edwards, project coordinator for Wild South. “As stewards of our planet we are beholden to our creator to protect bears and their habitat as well as all creatures.”