- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

PLYMOUTH, N.C. (AP) - The town of Plymouth is hosting the first North Carolina Black Bear Festival, which will include an opportunity to see the bears in their natural habitat.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reported (https://bit.ly/1LLDiSV) the festival is scheduled for Saturday.

Tom Harrison is chairman of the Washington County Travel & Tourism Authority. He says the biggest black bears are in eastern North Carolina, which is also has the highest black bear density.

Harrison says mild winters, abundant crops and extensive forests and swamps are among the reasons for the size and number of black bears in that part of the state.

One of the tours takes visitors to a private farm where people typically see 20 to 50 bears. Captive bears will also be on display in downtown Plymouth.

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