The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the largest protected bear habitat in the eastern U.S. There are approximately 1,500 black bears in the park. This equals two bears in every square mile.
I'm coming with the most amazing black bear facts for kids including black bear diet, habitat, reproduction, and behavior. The American black bear (Urus americanus) is a subspecies of black bear that is endemic to North America.
What will happen to the bears? A new bill would decimate national forests across the country by requiring the Forest Service to spend whatever it takes to comply with the requirement of logging at least 50% of public forest land each year.
Black Bears are also quite prevalent in the Smokies with over 1,500 living in the park. That is roughly two bears per each square mile! The bears and their habitat are fully protected through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.