Tag: Bears

  1. Trailside Talk: Great Bear Jams I Have Known

    Trailside Talk: Great Bear Jams I Have Known No one who visits the Smokies, particularly during the summer, should be surprised to encounter that long-time park phenomenon known as the bear jam. Someone spots a black bear along a park road. Brakes bring the car to a screeching halt. Sometimes the bear spotter pulls to the side of the road (if possible). Sometimes the driver will simply Read more...
  2. Bodacious Bear to Help BearWise Taskforce Raise Funds for Education

    Bodacious Bear to Help BearWise Taskforce Raise Funds for Education John Beaudet—known to many by his trail name Bodacious—has been carving bears out of downed logs for a little over a decade. Last summer he found a huge white pine tree that had come down on a National Forest Service road and carved out of it this nine-foot-tall bear, his biggest yet. Provided by Frances Figart. Read more...
  3. The Fates lend their voices to new music video benefiting Safe Passage project

    The Fates lend their voices to new music video benefiting Safe Passage project The Fates — vocalist and guitarist Natalie Karrh, vocalist, pianist and bassist Lexi McGraw, and vocalist and violinist Bella Wells-Fried (left to right) — captured inside the graffiti-riddled tunnel in Unicoi County, TN, that provides their safe passage under the highway in the new music video “Safe Passage: Read more...
  4. Trailside Talk: Look! A Salamander!

    Trailside Talk: Look! A Salamander! Many of the millions of visitors who cross into Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year arrive with anticipation of seeing wild animals. And when they see them, folks sometimes get so excited they can’t fully control their enthusiasm—especially when the animals are bears. Camera phones are whipped out of pockets. Children& Read more...
  5. Frequently Asked Questions about Bears at Cades Cove Visitor Center

    Frequently Asked Questions about Bears at Cades Cove Visitor Center By Sarah Shiver, Sales Assistant I have spent much of my life in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which allowed me to learn about it from a very young age. Each visit provided a new learning opportunity and helped me become familiar with (though certainly not an expert in) everything from hiking trails to animal behavior. While Read more...
  6. Knowing the BearWise Basics Can Save Lives in the Backcountry

    Knowing the BearWise Basics Can Save Lives in the Backcountry By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director June is traditionally the most challenging month for managing human–bear conflicts in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. By mid-month this year, the park had already closed several campsites where bears had damaged tents and taken backpacks in search of food. Then, in the early hours of Read more...
  7. Save the Date and Save Wildlife

    Save the Date and Save Wildlife

    What is it about the humble wall calendar that explains its enduring popularity well into the digital era?

    I guess in the same way that physical mail now feels more novel than emails, or our printed photos have become more precious than the thousands of files stored on our phones, a wall calendar hanging in the kitchen or office has a much-appreciated presence we just don’t want to let go of yet. Even if I rarely use mine for actual scheduling purposes, I like to hang one just for its aesthetic qualities and look forward to flipping the page each month.

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  8. Keeping Black Bears Wild and People Safe

    Keeping Black Bears Wild and People Safe The human-bear conflict will always be a concern in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This article recently published on National Parks Traveler—a nonprofit media organization dedicated to covering national parks and protected areas—is shared here to emphasize the importance of BearWise awareness. Black bear Read more...
  9. Why euthanize bears that have fed on human remains? Biologist: Bears may repeat behavior

    Why euthanize bears that have fed on human remains? Biologist: Bears may repeat behavior This article is being shared with the permission of Karen Chávez and Asheville Citizen Times. It can be read in its entirety by clicking the link below. By Karen Chávez, Asheville Citizen Times What's in a black bear's belly? It could range from bees to household trash to blueberries. And even the remains of humans, according Read more...
  10. Smokies Life magazine: Where Bears and Humans Converge, Bears Nearly Always Lose

    Smokies Life magazine: Where Bears and Humans Converge, Bears Nearly Always Lose  The following is a teaser for a feature in the current Smokies Life magazine. Point of Conflict Where Bears and Humans Converge, Bears Nearly Always Lose, By David Brill As research clearly demonstrates, many of Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s black bears are moving beyond park boundaries and traveling far greater distances Read more...

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