Black bears do wander into downtown Asheville like this young one did back in February 2012. Even around the Grove Park Inn, a residential neighborhood, residents report seeing bears at night. As you can see below, the Gallery has a good selection of bear items.
Dana Smith has outdone herself with the silk bear cub purses!
There are several pieces of Julie Roepnack's pottery line that feature bears.
These wonderful silver earrings by Jim Littlewolf highlight the bear in Native American lore.