A bear attack has prompted some closures and restrictions on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville.
A couple was treated for injuries and released Wednesday after they were attacked by a bear in the parking area of the Folk Art Center. A news release from the National Park Service says the attack may have been triggered by the visitor's barking dog.
The bear made several attacks while the couple was attempting to retreat to their vehicle with the dog, which was unleashed.
The incident prompted the closure of all nearby trails, and picnicking has been prohibited.
Park rangers and wildlife biologists are attempting to capture the bear, which if positively identified will be euthanized per park protocol.
With the busy fall period underway, officials are reminding visitors that it is also a critical feeding period for bears. They urge visitors to follow food storage regulations, keep pets leashed, and remain at a safe viewing distance if they spot a bear.