The Twilight series is one of the most popular sensations in the world, but did you know that Emmett Cullen, the vampire brother of Edward Cullen, has an interesting connection to Gatlinburg, Tennessee? In the third book in the Twilight series, Eclipse, Rosalie reveals that Emmett was born in Gatlinburg. Before he became a vampire, Emmett was attacked by a bear in the Smoky Mountains. Rosalie found him after the attack and ran with him back to Carlisle who transformed him into a vampire.
Since bear attacks are rare in Gatlinburg but do happen, we thought we would provide some bear safety tips for any visitors that may find themselves in a similar situation. The final installment of the Twilight movie series, Breaking Dawn Part 2, is set to be released today, November 16, 2012, so what better time to give daring and adventurous hikers like Emmett a few safety tips!
Black Bear Safety Tips for Great Smoky Mountains National Park Goers
Gatlinburg is home to a large number of black bears, and this is one of the only locations in the U.S. where they can live in their natural surroundings. Black bears are wild and sometimes unpredictable, so the first rule of bear safety is to never approach a bear. If you spot a bear, make sure to treat the situation with extreme caution and watch the bear closely. If the bear notices you and changes his behavior, you are too close to him. Back away slowly and make an effort to separate yourself from the bear.
If the bear begins to follow you or approaches you without making aggressive movements, try to gradually change your direction. If the bear moves aggressively towards you by pawing the ground, swatting, or vocalizing, try to make yourself appear intimidating and act aggressively towards the bear. Above all, try to protect others around you and avoid all encounters with bears, as they may see you as prey or simply want to eat your food! Don’t fall victim to a bear attack like Emmett Cullen of Twilight did. Instead, remain cautious and avoid bear encounters!
For complete guidelines on bear safety from the National Park Service, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/black-bears.htm