Best answer: Do I need bear spray in Smoky Mountains?

What months are bears most active?

Bear Behavior

Bears are most active during early morning and late evening hours in spring and summer. Mating usually takes place in July. Both female and male bears may have more than one mate during the summer. Bears choose a denning site with the coming of cold weather.

Are grizzly bears in Tennessee?

Population and Habitat Of these, roughly 1,500 live in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is approximately two bears for every square mile of park land. They can be found at all elevations across the park.

Why does Gatlinburg have so many bears?

“Black bears den for the winter months and typically emerge in late March or early April,” said Cameron. “When they emerge from dens, natural foods are scarce and often bears are lured by the smell of human-related foods.”

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