"Bears are Dangerous!" Great Smoky Mountains National Park Warnings Or Dangers Tip by TravellerMel

The National Park Service offers flyers regarding the wild Black bear population in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To quote from the flyer:

"Black bears in the park are wild and sometimes unpredictable. Though rare, attacks on humans do occur, causing injury or death.

* Never feed or approach a bear.
* If a bear follows or approaches you, stand your ground. Do not run. Make yourself look large and throw rocks or sticks at the bear.
* If you are attacked by a black bear, fight back with any object available. The bear may see you as prey.


* Do not throw food scraps or trash in fire rings.
* Dispose of all trash in bearproof dumpsters.
* Never leave food or coolers unattended. Store inside a vehicle or hard-sided camper.

Willfully approaching within 50 yards (150 feet), or any distance that disturbs or displaces bear or elk, is prohibited. Violators are subject to imprisonment of up to six months and/or fines of up to $5,000."

For more information, go to www.nps.gov/grsm

Phone: 865-436-1200
Website: http://www.nps.gov/grsm

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  • Updated Aug 13, 2015
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  • SONG's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Kayaking in the Pigeon Force area lately? Hubby and I kayaked on the Fox River outside of Chicago recently. Love the idea of your cabin in the Smokey MTs......

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2015 at 2:26 AM

    Great advice. I grew up here (essentially within the national park) and we used to have them raiding the garbage cans at night.

    • TravellerMel's Profile Photo
      Mar 2, 2015 at 10:44 AM

      We have a cabin in Pigeon Forge (just ~2 miles from the NP) - we have the caged trashcans, but so far, have had more trouble with the raccoons. They are clever little buggers...

    • DAO's Profile Photo
      Mar 3, 2015 at 3:57 AM

      I do like Raccooons. Just not in my house of course!

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