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Bears in the Smokey Mountains???? #7369790
10/02/21 05:33 PM
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Are they common around Gatlinburg? My Sis and friends want to see bear!


I know I'm paranoid......but am I paranoid ENOUGH???
Re: Bears in the Smokey Mountains???? [Re: Gary Benson] #7369799
10/02/21 05:46 PM
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Cades cove is usually a good bet. Occasionally one walks through town in Gatlinburg

Re: Bears in the Smokey Mountains???? [Re: Gary Benson] #7369804
10/02/21 05:52 PM
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Yes I just got back yesterday. I saw 2


Trapping is what built North America, why take that away?


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Re: Bears in the Smokey Mountains???? [Re: Gary Benson] #7369806
10/02/21 05:53 PM
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you have to ask if there are bears in "Smokey" mountains???

"Only YOU..."


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Re: Bears in the Smokey Mountains???? [Re: Gary Benson] #7369807
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Trapping is what built North America, why take that away?


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Re: Bears in the Smokey Mountains???? [Re: Gary Benson] #7369808
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That one was probably 250’ away


Trapping is what built North America, why take that away?


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Re: Bears in the Smokey Mountains???? [Re: Gary Benson] #7369814
10/02/21 06:01 PM
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Yes we stayed in a place outside Gatlinburg this summer and had a large one try to follow me into house. Glad she yelled to me. Just got done fly fishing that was my wife that yelled

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Re: Bears in the Smokey Mountains???? [Re: SNIPERB🦝] #7369816
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Originally Posted by SNIPERB🦝
Cades cove is usually a good bet. Occasionally one walks through town in Gatlinburg


Occasionally one walks through stores in Gatlinburg like happened earlier this year. Or burgles one as happened to a candy store in town a few years back.

Never, ever turn your back on a national park bear. They have no fear and most are expecting handouts. Don't do that either.

Re: Bears in the Smokey Mountains???? [Re: Gary Benson] #7369817
10/02/21 06:06 PM
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Re: Bears in the Smokey Mountains???? [Re: white marlin] #7369829
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Originally Posted by white marlin
you have to ask if there are bears in "Smokey" mountains???

"Only YOU..."


Common and sighting a bear are two different things. Took me almost 15 years to see one on vacatioms to pigeon forge/Gatlinburg to see a bear. First time I found one...darn near walked right into it. Came over a rise and it was 50ft away and gorging on cicadas as it was one of the big 17 year cicada hatches.

Back when my dad was a kid in the 60s there were families of bears in every tourist parking lot waiting to be fed.

Re: Bears in the Smokey Mountains???? [Re: Gary Benson] #7369848
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I saw a sow with cubs the one time we went to Gatlinburg . We were driving and pulled over and took some pictures.

Re: Bears in the Smokey Mountains???? [Re: Gary Benson] #7369850
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Saw one eating trash 25 years ago outside our chalet.

Don't know where he is now.


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Re: Bears in the Smokey Mountains???? [Re: Gary Benson] #7369892
10/02/21 07:36 PM
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Best place to see them in Gatlinburg is at the park end of the main drag - go to the right up the mountain in the residential areas. You’ll see them walking around the yards, checking trash cans, etc. See some every time we go thru there.

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