1: Blue Ridge Parkway closed near Asheville due to visitors attempting to feed and hold a black bear.

2: Feeding and interacting with wild bears is illegal and dangerous.

3: Visitors risk their safety and harm the bears by feeding them.

4: Blue Ridge Parkway officials are urging visitors to respect wildlife.

5: Authorities remind visitors to enjoy wildlife from a safe distance.

6: Violators may face fines or other penalties for feeding bears.

7: Black bears are wild animals and should not be approached.

8: Help protect wildlife by following park regulations and guidelines.

9: Enjoy the beauty of Blue Ridge Parkway responsibly and leave wildlife undisturbed.