Bears have killed two family dogs in mountain residential areas, and wildlife officials warn more attacks could be coming.
They say recent cold weather has hurt the bears' food supply, and that development is creeping into undeveloped land where bears live.
In Asheville this past Sunday night, a mother black bear killed a dog that had been let out in the back yard around 11 p-m. The bear had cubs nearby.
Developers are starting to build on mountain land about a mile away, so bears are looking for food from different sources.
In another incident Sunday night, a black bear killed a dog in a Madison County backyard.
State Wildlife Resources Commission officer Mike Carraway says bears kill or injure dogs every year. It's usually the result of hungry bears who head into developed areas looking for food then are provoked when dogs start barking at them.