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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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