America's Great Outdoors
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the largest tracts of wilderness in the East and is a critical sanctuary for a wide variety of animals. Protected in the park are some 65 species of mammals, over 200 varieties of birds, 67 native fish species, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians. The symbol of the Smokies, the American Black Bear, is perhaps the most famous resident of the park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides the largest protected bear habitat in the East. Though populations are variable, biologists estimate approximately 1,500 bears live in the park, a density of approximately two bears per square mile. Photo: Charlie Choc (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the largest tracts of wilderness in the East and is a critical sanctuary for a wide variety of animals. Protected in the park are some 65 species of mammals, over 200 varieties of birds, 67 native fish species, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians. 

The symbol of the Smokies, the American Black Bear, is perhaps the most famous resident of the park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides the largest protected bear habitat in the East. Though populations are variable, biologists estimate approximately 1,500 bears live in the park, a density of approximately two bears per square mile. 

Photo: Charlie Choc (www.sharetheexperience.org)

It’s not every day you get a close up look at a black bear and it’s meal. This excellent photo was taken by Bert Van Mackelenberg in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

It’s not every day you get a close up look at a black bear and it’s meal. This excellent photo was taken by Bert Van Mackelenberg in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

A black bear takes a nap in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.Photo: Charlie Choc 

A black bear takes a nap in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Photo: Charlie Choc