Bear visits governor’s mountain home briefly

09/03/2014 3:24 PM

09/03/2014 3:42 PM

The governor had an uninvited visitor at the Western Residence in Asheville over the weekend.

A 140-pound black bear lumbered across the yard, as a member of Gov. Pat McCrory’s security detail shot a video from about 10 feet away and warned the governor to stay back. “Don’t come up here,” the officer advised, as the creature wandered off into the woods seemingly unconcerned with ceremony.

In the background, McCrory could be heard saying, “Be careful – don’t do anything stupid.”

Wednesday morning, McCrory or a staffer posted the video online and tweeted, “One of our neighbors stopped by to see us this weekend in Asheville – what a cool encounter!”

Wednesday afternoon deputy communications director Ryan Tronovitch said state Wildlife Resources Commission officials noted the collar on the bear, which enabled them to identify her as a bear they had been tracking.

It was tagged on May 8 in Chunn’s Cove in a joint project with the commission and N.C. State University. A tracking map shows the bear has covered a wide range around Asheville.

It’s not the first time a bear has dropped by to visit a sitting governor. One paid its respects to Gov. Bev Perdue on her first visit to the Asheville home in 2009.

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