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Bear goes into North Carolina camper’s tent, takes backpack

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A stock photo of a black bear.

PISGAH FOREST, N.C. — A bear went into a North Carolina camper’s tent and took a backpack, temporarily halting overnight camping in the area.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that it recently happened in the Graveyard Fields Area off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Haywood County. No injuries were reported.

“This closure, issued in consultation with the N.C. Wildlife Commission, has been implemented due to human safety concerns after a bear entered a tent and removed a hiker’s backpack,” US Forest Service officials said, according to WBTV.

The Forest Service said they will be monitoring the area to determine when to reopen overnight camping. The area will stay open during the day.

There have been numerous reports of bears taking food from campers in the area. Black bear attacks on people are rare.

The black bear is the only bear species found in North Carolina. There are three species of bear in North America: the polar bear, the brown bear (grizzly bear) and the black bear.