Bear Facts

Black Bears are an iconic symbol of the Great Smoky Mountains and a treasure to our community.

While seeing a bear is a wonderful experience please follow these precautions to protect your family as well as the bears.

Black Bear Tips

Never approach bears.
Do not feed or place food to attract bears.
Do not leave grills or picnic tables unattended.
Only place trash in animal resistant cans or dumpsters.
Do not leave food in your car or in coolers outside the cabin

If you see a bear
Slowly back away from the bear
Bring children and pets indoors
Make sure the bear is aware of your presence by yelling and making noises
to frighten the bear and encourage it to leave.

Helpful Links

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency