Outdoor Safety

Be careful out there! Our grand outdoors are an amazing space for fun and adventure. Use our information to be smart in the wilderness.

Know Before You Go: Practice Safety This Winter

By BRO Admin | 21 Nov 19
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With winter fast approaching, the U.S. Forest Service urges outdoor enthusiasts to ‘Know Before You Go” and follow simple tips to stay safe when visiting the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests during the colder months. “The forests can provide stunning scenery and recreational opportunities during the winter, but it is important to be…

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Outdoor Updates: CO man attacked by deer that may have been raised by people

By Kim Dinan | 19 Nov 19
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Colorado man attacked by deer that may have been hand-raised by people Deer are generally docile, skittish creatures, but a man in Colorado has learned that’s not always the case. A Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a 911 call by a couple that reported seeing a “friendly deer” wearing a fluorescent orange collar…

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Outdoor Updates: Men injured by black bears in two separate incidents in WNC

By Kim Dinan | 08 Nov 19
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Men injured by black bears in two separate incidents in WNC Two bear and human interactions in Western North Carolina resulted in human injury last weekend. On November 2, a Spruce Pine resident was sitting in his driveway at dusk when a mama bear and her cub walked through his front yard. The man’s curious…

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Outdoor Updates: Hikers Attacked by Rabid Coyote

By Kim Dinan | 04 Nov 19
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New Jersey mom and teen attacked by rabid coyote while out hiking A mother and her teen were out hiking on a popular New Jersey hiking trail when a rabid coyote attacked them. The mom, Robyn Weber, says that she and her son were hiking at Point Mountain Preserve when a coyote approached them and…

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Outdoor Updates: Charleston man falls to his death while hiking above NC waterfall

By Kim Dinan | 24 Oct 19
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Photo: Courtesy of Henderson County Rescue Squad Charleston man falls to his death while hiking above NC waterfall A 28-year-old man from Charleston, SC fell to his death on Saturday while hiking at Big Bradley Falls near Saluda, NC. Aaron Post was hiking with a group of people around the 80-foot waterfall when he fell.…

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Outdoor Updates: Missing Hiker Found Dead on A.T.

By Kim Dinan | 23 Oct 19
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Missing hiker found dead on Appalachian Trail An experienced hiker who went missing after embarking on a “short trip” on the Appalachian Trail was found dead last Thursday, five days after he disappeared. Michael Kaiser, 56, set out on a two-day hike on the Appalachian Trail on Friday, October 11. The next day, Kaiser sent…

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Outdoor Updates: The U.S. Forest Service reminds non-hunters to stay safe this hunting season

By Kim Dinan | 22 Oct 19
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The U.S. Forest Service reminds non-hunters to stay safe this hunting season Before you head out on a hike in a national forest this fall, it’s important to know that nearly all of the national forest lands in North Carolina are open to hunting. The last thing you want while out hiking or biking the…

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Outdoor Updates: Elk on the Blue Ridge Parkway

By Kim Dinan | 11 Oct 19
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Blue Ridge Parkway officials urge public to keep an eye out for elk Officials with the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountain National Park are urging the public to watch out for elk on the roadways this fall. Adult elk can weight between 500 and 700 pounds and were reintroduced to Great Smoky Mountain…

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Outdoor Updates: U.S. Forest Service Asks the Public to “Be a Hero, Not a Hazard”

By Kim Dinan | 09 Oct 19
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Photo: U.S. Forest Service photographed parked vehicles in a roadway U.S. Forest Service asks public to “be a hero not a hazard” while parking at popular outdoor locations Fall weekends bring beautiful weather, changing leaves and hoards of hikers and leaf peepers to Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. In order to avoid blocked roadways that…

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Outdoor Updates: Wildfire Season is Approaching

By Kim Dinan | 08 Oct 19
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Wildfire season is approaching and fire officials are urging caution The fall wildfire season begins in mid-October and fire officials are urging the public to be cautious with campfires and while burning yard debris. This year, North Carolina and surrounding states are facing dry weather conditions that can contribute to the spread of wildfire. In…

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Outdoor Updates: Flesh-eating Bacteria Increase

By Kim Dinan | 27 Aug 19
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As seawater warms, cases of flesh-eating bacteria increase As surface water temperatures warm due to climate change, a flesh-eating bacteria known as Vibrio vulnificus is moving into northern waters that are typically cold, such as the Delaware Bay, warns an infectious disease expert at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that…

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Toxic algae is spreading and killing dogs in the southeast

By Kim Dinan + Shannon McGowan | 14 Aug 19
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Toxic algae is killing dogs in the southeast Dog owners: beware. A toxic blue-green algae known as cyanobacteria has killed four dogs in North Carolina and Georgia this week. The dogs died after swimming in, and most likely drinking, algae-contaminated water, leading to liver failure.  According to WDBJ the Virginia Department of Health said the…

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Outdoor Updates: How to stay safe if you’re stuck outside in a lightning storm

By Kim Dinan | 19 Jul 19
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Friday, July 19 How to stay safe if you’re stuck outside in a lightning storm Summer is the season we take to the trails and waterways for some warm weather adventure. But summer is also the time when thunderstorms seem to pop up out of nowhere, putting those of us unable to seek shelter at…

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Woman hiking in SC falls 60 feet down a waterfall, then waits hours to be rescued

By Kim Dinan | 09 Jul 19
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A woman hiking at Blue Hole Falls in Oconee County, South Carolina, plummeted 60 feet down the waterfall and then waited hours for first responders to perform a difficult rescue. It took rescue crews more than two hours and 40 people to build a “multi rope system” to reach the injured hiker. The woman was…

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Struck by lightning in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

By Kim Dinan | 26 Jun 19
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Campers recovering after being struck by lightning in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Two people were transported to the hospital after being struck by lightning while camping at Balsam Mountain Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Family members of the injured say that District Court Judge Roy Wijewickrama and another woman were struck by…

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