BearWise: Tips for All of Us

Given the uptick in human-bear interaction in our community, neighbor Sarah Oram has these top tips from BearWise to to keep everyone safe!

BearWise Haw Creek participants agree to:

  • Not put out their garbage until collection day morning, and to secure it (in a garage, shed, or locked area) throughout the week
  • Not feel bears directly
  • Secure or remove unintended bear food sources around the house (birdseed, dirty grills, pet food, garbage, etc)
  • Contact State Assistant Biologist, Ashley Hobbs ( to report escalated bear behavior and to secure/remove any bear attractants for at least two weeks after the reported incident
  • Notify NC Wildlife’s Justin McVey on 828 273 7980 about any bear encounters that feel unusually aggressive to humans or pets
  • Educate Haw Creek neighbors and friends about BearWise recommendations for the safety of both humans and bears

Sarah would like to organize neighborhoods in Haw Creek for BearWise certification. If you are interested in learning more, please contact her on 828 298 4893 or


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‘Downtown’ Haw Creek Footbridge

Among the issues your community association is working to address is pedestrian safety, especially where Beverly Rd meets New Haw Creek Rd at PennyCup and Creekside Taphouse. Vehicle parking in the large parking lot off Beverly Rd forces patrons to walk within the roadway where Beverly Rd crosses Haw Creek.

A safer solution is a pedestrian bridge across the creek between the parking lot and businesses. Already in place is a steel structure maintained by AT&T that could serve as a foundation support for the pedestrian bridge.

The Haw Creek Asso. is working with stakeholders–business owners, the City, and AT&T–to build a foot bridge and remedy this pedestrian safety hazard. There are issues to overcome such as flood plain questions, funding, and liability matters. That said, your community association is committed to finding a solution that makes Haw Creek’s “downtown” safer for all residents.