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Dispatches from the Field: Issue 3

Bear in trap at Chimneys Picnic Area.

Black bear in trap at Chimneys Picnic Area.

NPS photo.

Resource Roundup: Scan highlights of scientific projects and findings for April-May

Meet the Managers: Wildlife Management and Science

Focus On… The Wild(life) Side of the Smokies

  • Introduction to bear science & management
  • NPS Profile: Read about NPS Resource Managers Keeping our Bears Wild
  • Partner Profile: Read about the University of Tennessee's study of bears over the long-term
  • Links to information about Wildlife Management, further research, and volunteering opportunities
  • And for those in school information about education & experience needed to become an expert in Wildlife Management

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Did You Know?

Fall leaf colors are most vivid at low to mid elevations.

About 100 native tree species make their home in Great Smoky Mountains National Park—more than in all of northern Europe. The park also contains one of the largest blocks of old-growth temperate deciduous forest in North America. More...