Hikers come across black bear in Red River Gorge

Published: Sep. 19, 2016 at 4:05 PM EDT
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Just before 8 p.m. Saturday, two hikers spotted a black bear near the Chimney Top recreation area in the Red River Gorge in Wolfe County.

After a few minutes on the phone with Menifee County 911, the bear eventually walked away.

According to Daniel Boone National Forest officials, it's rare to see a bear as far north in Kentucky as the Red River Gorge. They say the most likely reason why the black bear was so close to the area was to find food.

"There is a saying, 'a fed bear is a dead bear,' because if a bear gets used to getting human food it's going to potentially get more aggressive," Red River Gorge Manager Tim Eling said.

Eiling says to always store food away from your campsite and hang it at least ten feet above the ground.

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