"Bears are Dangerous!" Great Smoky Mountains National Park Warnings Or Dangers Tip by TravellerMel
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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.
WHEN CAMPING OR PICNICKING:
* 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.
FEDERAL REGULATIONS STATE:
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
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