“We appreciate the thoughts but we do want to recognise that everyone wants to get Casey a stuff little bear and although we absolutely love that remember that he can only home so many.”

According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the black bear is the only species of bear found in North Carolina, and there were about 17,000 in the state as of 2012.

Its diet includes berries, nuts, and small animals, and attacks on humans are very rare.