HICKORY – Hickory residents have seen a black bear in several northwest sections of the city this summer. In response, the city of Hickory is hosting a community meeting Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission District 8 Wildlife Biologist Danny Ray will discuss bear issues and answer citizens’ questions at the Geitner Building located in Geitner-Rotary Park, 2035 12th Street Drive, NW.
Hickory operates two parks in northwest Hickory where a bear could find suitable habitat. Parks and Recreation staff have not seen a bear at Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park, located at 2000 6th Street, NW, or Geitner- Rotary Park, but have taken extra steps to deter bear presence and activity. Extra steps include removing trash bags from trash containers right before the park closes each night and ensuring all dumpsters have closed lids at all times.
Hickory has no jurisdiction or legal authority to interfere with wild animals. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has full jurisdiction and authority over wildlife in the State of North Carolina.