Tag: bearwise

  1. Summer Hiking Tips: Part Two

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers hundreds of miles of backcountry trails perfect for summer walks in the woods. This is the second in a two-part series on ways to stay safe while hiking these paths during the summertime. There are common scenarios hikers might face during the summer months: storms, ticks, and heat, to name a few. Read more...
  2. Of Big Views and Big Bears

    Of Big Views and Big Bears Story and photos by Sue Wasserman I’m a sucker for ‘big’ views. So when Steve Kemp, GSMA’s former creative services director and the namesake for my writing residency, suggested a hike to Andrews Bald, I was psyched—especially because it was yet another trail that would be new to me. Hoping to avoid the mid-June Read more...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Bears Without Boundaries Part 1: Evolution of the Human–Bear Conflict Zone

    Bears Without Boundaries Part 1: Evolution of the Human–Bear Conflict Zone By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director  Sequoia and Redwood national parks have their giant trees. Yellowstone has the Great Fountain Geyser; Yosemite has Half Dome. For Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as many communities in its vicinity, the icon is the black bear. Unlike large rocks, trees and fountains, bears move Read more...

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