There’s nothing more exciting than seeing wild animals in their natural setting when you visit the Great Smoky Mountains. And what’s more exciting than seeing some of our famous black bears, right? Well, if you do come across these beautiful creatures, remember to keep your distance because “wild” often means “unpredictable” and “possibly dangerous.” Here are some bear encounter safety tips for your visit to the Smokies.
The most important thing to do is NOT to feed bears. Why? Well, feeding bears is not only dangerous to you, but it’s also dangerous for the bears. If bears get used to being fed at picnic areas (on purpose or through improper food and waste storage), they may become aggressive and attack in those areas. Unfortunately, if a bear attacks, it will have to be put down, resulting in a lose-lose situation for everyone.
Here are a few other reminders to avoid unfortunate bear encounters during your stay with us.
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