Bear visits McCrory

Posted September 3, 2014

A black bear visists the governor's western residence.

— What appeared to be a rather large black bear visited Gov. Pat McCrory at the governor's Western Residence this weekend.

"One of our neighbors stopped by to see us this weekend up in Asheville…what a cool encounter!" McCrory, or someone on his staff, posted on his official Facebook page.

In the video, which was taken by a member of McCrory's security detail, the bear wanders across the property, seemingly quite unconcerned by the nearby humans. McCrory can be heard in the audio telling the trooper, "Be careful, don't do anything stupid." 

According to Ryan Tronovitch, a spokesman for the governor, bears are frequent visitors to the residence. The first lady has seen them from time to time, but this was the governor's first encounter, Tronovitch said.

The state Wildlife Resources Commission and North Carolina State University have been tracking the bear, a 140-pound female, since it was tagged May 8 in the Chunn's Cove area of Asheville, Tronovitch said.


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  • mooreaerospace Sep 3, 2014

    She has a tracking collar on and is just looking for some of Pat's famous plate of cookies. No harm there for the little critter.

  • busyb97 Sep 3, 2014

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    That's good!

    Job performance of a governor is certainly in the "eye of the beholder".

    And Robbons55.....no where does the article say the governor is AFRAID of the bear. Just smart enough to know not to bother it.

  • A person Sep 3, 2014

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    I don't think Weasley or Perdue were even mentioned in the article, so how does the worst governor come into this. Neither were even mentioned

  • Bobby Medlin Sep 3, 2014
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    "tee hee"

  • Paul Gallant Sep 3, 2014
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    I can't bear to read anymore of this useless filler news. :)

  • Anita Woody Sep 3, 2014

    It's the new Duke Energy mascot.

  • ohbumr Sep 3, 2014

    awesome, why is this news?

  • Kathy Imbriani Sep 3, 2014
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    That bear is collared. I would certainly hope the highway patrol would have better sense than to open fire on a collared bear minding its own business, for Pete's sake. Can we please get a governor who's not terrified of a bear wandering through the yard.

  • Joseph Shepard Sep 3, 2014
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    NC does have two Governors residences---one in Raleigh and the other way up in the Mountains in Asheville. Why I don't know, but we do.

  • Dean Beabout Sep 3, 2014
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    That bear looks as if it has a collar on.