Asheville has seen record numbers of bear sightings this summer, due to heat and food shortages. Citizens have called animal control to report at least ten bears in the past week alone. Most sightings have been in east and south Asheville areas.
The heat this summer has made the animals very much more active than normal, and while they are in this active state, they tend to journey much farther than normal to search for food.
Though there have been no accidents (besides overturned trash cans) animal control is still encouraging locals to be vigilant.