Bear Scare in the Red River Gorge

get more from BRO

While doing research for an upcoming destination piece on Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, I came across this story in the Lexington Herald-Leader on what is reported to be the first ever bear attack in the state. Fifty-six-year-old hiker Tim Scott gives the paper a detailed account of his Sunday afternoon black bear run-in on the Pinch-Em Tight Trail in the Daniel Boone National Forest. The bear pursued Scott slowly, and eventually bit him multiple times in the right leg. After another group of hikers intervened, Scott was freed and taken to the hospital where he received approximately 60 stitches. The Red River Gorge Recreation Area is currently closed, as the Forest Service tries to locate the bear. Despite the unfortunate incident, black bears are rarely aggressive toward humans. As an experienced hiker, Scott recognized this and told the paper he wouldn’t be deterred from hitting the trail in the future: “I have to defend the right of bears to be where they live. … It was theirs before it was ours.”

More on this topic

Advertisment

in case you missed it

The 6th Annual King of the James Adventure Triathlon

This year marks the 6th annual ‘King of the James’ adventure triathlon in Downtown Richmond, Virginia. On Sunday, November 15th, individuals and teams...

Make a Plan: Vote This November to Protect Our Winters

There is a lot at stake this November. And Protect Our Winters (POW) is helping those who play outdoors to make a...

WanderLove Is Calling You to Rockingham County, VA

WanderLove is about reconnecting with what you love. Experience the mountain peaks, Shenandoah River, and all of the winding roads in between...

Relax, Recharge, and Reset in Highland County

Wanderlove is about doing what you love with the people you love.  Experience the unspoiled views and hidden gems in our mountain...