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

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Wildlife: June-July, 2009

Issue 4 > Resource Roundup > Wildlife

Tomatoes grow big and red if elk don't eat them.

USDA photo.

“Critter Gitters”

Elk are notorious nibblers of veggies and flowers. In response to elk devouring the planted garden at the Mountain Farm Museum, rangers at Oconoluftee Visitor Center and wildlife managers agreed to set a motion-activated alarm from 7:30 at night to 7:00 each morning. Visitors should be aware of the alarm, because they could set it off if they walk in the alarmed areas at night (or if they try to munch on some fresh tomatoes in the garden).

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Did You Know?

Great Horned Owls can be heard most often in January and February

More than 240 species of birds have been found in the park. Sixty species are year-round residents. Nearly 120 species breed in the park, including 52 species from the neo-tropics. Many other species use the park as an important stopover and foraging area during their semiannual migration. More...