• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

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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?

President Roosevelt at the park's Rockefeller Memorial.

Money to buy the land that became Great Smoky Mountains National Park was raised by individuals, private groups, and even school children who pledged their pennies. In addition, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fund donated $5 million to create the park. More...