The black bears of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Black Bear in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Richard Weisser.As dark voids ‘midst the twigs and leaves
Devouring mast of shrubs and trees,
The black bears soon in den will lie,
And fat they’ll sleep ‘till Spring draws nigh!
                (R Weisser 2012)

The black bears of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are very active in Autumn as they make their final preparations before denning for the winter.

Once they are fattened up, black bears can sleep for up to a hundred days without food or water. They do not become dehydrated.

During their facultative hibernation, bears can be aroused by noises or scents. They may leave the den for short periods of time and then return.

With an estimated bear population of about 1500, or roughly 2 per square mile, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the best places in North America to enjoy the experience black bears in the wild.

It’s another reason I love the Autumn season!

Black Bears in the Great Smoky Mountains by Richard Weisser.

Photos courtesy of Richard Weisser and SmokyPhotos.com.

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Kathryn....

They are pervasive ... i grabbed these photos last Thursday! Thanks.

Gary...

If you spend more than twelve hours in the Park I would say that the odds are nearly certain! Thanks.

Sheila...

Oddly enough, I am much more afraid of dogs than I am of bears! Thanks so much.

Rich...

Sounds like a plan to me! Thanks.

Bill...

Oh, they are there. Just not the same density! Thanks.

September 30, 2012 06:45 AM
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Peter den Boer
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Richard - On a 55 mile hike through the Smokies years ago, we saw lots of bears. They are beautiful to watch as long as there are no cubs around.

September 30, 2012 07:32 AM
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Richard, When I was young we would go to the Smokies and see the baby bears. They looked so harmless but we stayed away because Mama Bear was somewhere close by and she was not so harmeless.

September 30, 2012 10:18 AM
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Kathy Sheehan
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I have seen the bears in the Smoky Mountains.  They are fun to watch.

September 30, 2012 03:44 PM
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that is a good population.  In my area, the land would not support that many in that area.

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