Tag: Bears

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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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  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Video feature: Become Bear Aware

    Video feature: Become Bear Aware By Valerie Polk, GSMA Videographer and Publications Associate  The weekend is upon us, and visitors will be flocking to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Most of them will be eager to see wildlife, and Ursus americanus, the American black bear, is likely at the top of their list. Please remember that bears are wild animals, and any Read more...
  8. Video feature: Bears in a Place Called Cades Cove

    Video feature: Bears in a Place Called Cades Cove By Valerie Polk, GSMA Videographer and Publications Associate  This week we've been sharing several posts in a series about black bears with some important considerations for those of us who live in and visit the Smokies region. Today we share with you a video segment from our film, A Place Called Cades Cove, featuring this icon of the Read more...
  9. Bears without Boundaries Part 4: How Social Media Affects the Human–Bear Conflict Zone

    Bears without Boundaries Part 4: How Social Media Affects the Human–Bear Conflict Zone Story by Frances Figart, Creative Services Director Today’s human–bear conflict zone is made even more complicated by our ability to instantly share information digitally to huge numbers of people with the click of a few buttons on our smart phones or laptop keyboards. “In the last few years, we have been alarmed at the number Read more...
  10. Bears without Boundaries Part 3: The Smoky Mountains BearWise Community Taskforce

    Bears without Boundaries Part 3: The Smoky Mountains BearWise Community Taskforce By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director As a resident of Gatlinburg’s Chalet Village, SJ Geis encounters a lot of tourists and a lot of bears during the high season in the Smokies. She says that most of the vacationers have never lived in bear country and are completely “clueless and unsuspecting” about bear behavior Read more...

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