Bear precautions taken in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Photo: Asheville Citizen-Times

Rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have closed two backcountry campsites due to overly familiar black bear.

Park officials say no one has been hurt. The closures are simply a precaution, a story in the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.

Bears have been coming into camps and getting close to campers, park officials have said.

The park bear population is estimated at 1,500. Staffers there say most encounters are uneventful.

The story reports that the closed areas are Campsite 113 in the southwestern end of the park in North Carolina and the Cosby Knob Shelter in the northeastern corner of the park on the Tennessee side.

Read more: Bear precautions

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After more than 30 years in the outdoor writing business, you would think I'd know better.
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1 Response to Bear precautions taken in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  1. Darryl says:

    Let live and let’s live !!!!


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