Saturday, September 25, 2010
USA - Black Bear of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
... You're way too close! There are approximately four to six hundred black bears residing in the National Park. Their activities can be seen and enjoyed - but be sure to keep your distance.
Sent by Gary, a postcrosser from Cincinnati in Ohio, USA.
This is from Wikipedia : The American black bear (Ursus americanus) is North America's smallest and most common species of bear. Black bears are omnivores, with their diets varying greatly depending on the season. Black bears typically live in largely forested areas, but do leave forests in search of food. Sometimes they become attracted to human communities because of the immediate availability of food. The American black bear is listed by the IUCN as Least Concern, due to the species' widespread distribution and a large global population estimated to be twice that of all other bear species combined.