The American Black Bear
Great Smokey Mountains National Park
Remember---bears are wild animals. Enjoy watching them from a distance. It is unlawful to feed or tease them.
(Inscription above the image on the left)
Mature black bears weigh about 200-300 pounds, but individuals nearly twice that size have been reported.
(Inscription next to the image on the right)
Persons who feed bears, or approach them too closely, risk being bitten or clawed. Bears become more aggressive when fed. They tend to lose their fear of people, and they stand a greater chance of being hit by cars or killed by poachers.
Erected by National Park Service US Department of Interior.
Location. 35° 43.998′ N, 83° 31.296′ W. Marker is in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in Sevier County. Marker is on Banner Road (US 321). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gatlinburg TN 37738, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wiley Oakley (within shouting distance of this marker); Village Gate
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 20, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.