Did a clockwise loop at crowded Standing Indian this weekend and nearly every hiker I passed had something to say about a bear taking bags at Carter Gap shelter. There are no cables in NC so these are all hiker hangs, a lot of which are not great hangs Iím sure, but several hikers said they had good hangs and bags were still taken. Bear is not aggressive but doesnít seem afraid of humans.

Doesnít appear to be just the shelter either as a couple of hikers who said they were about a mile north of Beech Gap had their food bag taken as they were preparing dinner after arriving late to camp, presumably hoping to put some distance between themselves and the shelter with known activity. I stayed at Beech Gap last night with no issues. Passed the shelter midday and read about the same issue at Betty Creek Gap on 5/31.

Who/what agency should be contacted?

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