We love living in the Smokies, and part of that experience is the American Black Bear. The Great Smoky Mountains have the the largest American Black Bear population east of the Mississippi River. And for years, families have tried to snap that perfect bear picture while on vacation to Gatlinburg.
Response the the last post of bear pics was overwhelming. So, we wanted to take this opportunity to share our most recent entries into our Black Bear Photo Contest. Special Thanks to Jeff & Katrina Crutchett of Aurora, IL for these pictures!
PLEASE REMEMBER — Willfully approaching within 50 yards (150 feet), or any distance that disturbs or displaces a bear, is illegal in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Violation of this federal regulation can result in fines and arrest. Use binoculars, telephoto lens, or a spotting scope to view the animals.
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