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

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Temperature and wind sensors at Cove Mountain.

Temperature and wind sensors at Cove Mountain.

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Did You Know?

Visitors can often spot bears in trees at the edges of forests.

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...