Lawson, Byrd, and the Moravians told of the abundance of fish, game, and animal life. Bear, deer, panthers, wolves, wild turkeys, and pigeons were found in great numbers. The Moravian Records, November 2, 1760, note "that there were many bears and wolves about. The Moravians killed several of the former, one weighing 300 pounds….." Bears are know to have been especially numerous in the area that became Davie County. Bear Creek was so named because of them. Daniel Boone and his father Squire Boone, who settled on the creek, are said to have killed approximately 100 bears there in one winter. It is said that chestnuts, beech, and chinquapin trees were numerous along the creek and that bears came in large numbers to eat the nuts. Animals would have also been attracted to the creek because of its salt content.

Wolves and panthers caused heavy losses to early settlers. The Moravians noted the necessity for exterminating wolves, and Rowan County paid bounties for scalps and ears of wolves and panthers. Tradition in the Jacob Booe family says that early settlers in the Bethel Church section, on Elisha and on Dutchman Creeks, had to carry pine torches at night to keep the wolves away. Another tradition says that settlers on the Yadkin in the Fork Church section had to milk their cows and care for their stock before dark to avoid being attacked by panthers.