Finding Refuge on the Refuge

By on December 3, 2019

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

(Photo Credit: Beverly Meekins)

A well-developed black bear cub, at around 3 months old, can climb trees to avoid danger. The cub’s mother will encourage the cub to climb and will do what is necessary to protect her cub.

Black bears are good runners, swimmers and climbers. And, Pocosin Lakes Refuge is often a great area to observe black bears. But as the weather gets colder they’ll be less bear activity. And by January, which is often the black bear’s birthing month, bear activity really slows down until the warmer late spring.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available.

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