Keep bears & your family safe
Keeping human food away from bears is the most important step we can take to keep bears—and ourselves—safe.
When you’re picnicking & hiking:
When you’re backpacking in or through the park:
Always report bear activity such as bears approaching people, taking packs, begging for food, or acting aggressively to Park Rangers when you get back from your trip.
Return to Dispatches from the Field: Issue 3.
Did You Know?
There are at least 30 different species of salamanders in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This gives the Smokies the distinction of having the most diverse salamander population anywhere in the world and has earned the park the nickname “Salamander Capital of the World.” More...