Several three-legged bears limping around in North Carolina

Several cases of three-legged bears limping have been documented in a city near Arden, North Carolina. So far there have been nine cases of three-legged bears; five of the cases coming from the same area.

According to the group Help Asheville Bears, a nonprofit organization have been sharing information about the bizarre occurrences and have reported finding bear traps in the areas. The North Carolina Wildlife Commission, however are contending the bears have been getting hit by vehicles. Officials state there may be too much human interaction with the black bears.

“With the 9 bears that we have confirmed are missing part of a front limb but having no other noticeable injuries in the counties of Buncombe and Henderson, we at Help Asheville Bears still do not agree with the theory that the causes are most likely auto accidents involving bears (implying also that the bear then walks off and loses their front leg), the organization posted on their Facebook page.

The latest case has been confirmed on Thursday as a mother bear with three legs was spotted in a residential area with her three cubs.

Posted by Help Asheville Bears on Friday, August 23, 2019

A reward of $10,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for injuring the bears.

Video #2 (Mom bear and her three cubs – mom is missing one limb)

Peaches nursing her cubs before injury

Posted by Help Asheville Bears on Friday, August 23, 2019

“Help Asheville Bears now has a confirmed total of 8 bears missing a front leg in and around Asheville, four of which are mothers.

Mamma bears missing front leg as of 8-22-19:
– Mother missing left front leg that has three cubs in Arden-WLOS video
-Mother missing half of right leg that has three cubs in Arden-Picture and multiple witness reports
-Mother missing half of front leg that has two cubs in Black Mountain/Ridgecrest-Multiple reports
-Mother missing front leg with 2 cubs in Mills River-Multiple reports and picture shown”

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