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?
Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the park. This equals a population density of approximately two bears per square mile. Bears can be found throughout the park, but are easiest to spot in open areas such as Cades Cove and Cataloochee Valley. More...