Sign campaign issues safety warning against bear enclosures
By Jon Ostendorff
The sign along Interstate 26 near Asheville offers this warning: “Children Bitten at Bear Pits.”
The billboard is the latest in a two-year battle that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has waged against the bear zoos on the reservation, about an hour and a half west of Asheville.
It follows an incident last summer in which a 9-year-old girl was bitten at Chief Saunooke Bear Park while feeding a baby bear a mixture of Lucky Charms cereal and cat food.