The Bears of Great Smokies National Park
Here are some images of the Black Bears I saw over the course of 4 or 5 days in the park. The majority of them were seen in the early morning, but a few were out near sunset as well. Cades Cove seemed to have the greatest concentration of bears, but unfortunately also the heaviest traffic. At 6:15 in the morning though, the "Bear Jams" were not nearly as severe. The literature I read reported the Great Smokies bear population at over 1500. It was great to see so many healthy adult bears and cubs out in the wild. Check back tomorrow for "Waterfalls of the Great Smokies".