Black Bear Great Smoky Mountains 2017

Black Bear in Cherokee Orchard region of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Black Bear Great Smoky Mountains 2017

A black bear is foraging for mast in the Cherokee Orchard region of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Black Bears are the most popular denizens in the park and a keepsake photo is a tantalizing enticement for many visitors. But it is important to remember that bears are swift wild animals and can be dangerous if they are ill or provoked. Always keep a safe distance from all wildlife! See, enjoy, but please do not approach for your safety and the welfare of the animals.

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