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    Default Saw 7 bears in TN Sat

    Did a 24 mile day Sat SOBO from Iron Mtn shelter to Dennis Cove. I saw 4 bears about 15 minutes south of the shelter and another 3 a few miles before I got to Watauga Lake. Some NOBO's saw bears as they came into the shelter on Friday.

    First 1550 miles on the trail I saw 6 bears total and then 7 in one day!
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    Its lake weather for the bears
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    Thanks for the info FredMugs! I am hiking from Dennis Cove to Damascus next week and will keep an eye out for them.
    Any other feedback on those sections?
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    It was the Teddy Bear Picnic this past weekend. Hadn't you heard?
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    Bear sightings are becoming more frequent but haven't heard of any problems other than sightings.

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    I have seen 2 bears my last 2 hikes in the Cherokee NF. Their population appears robust.
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    Based on sightings, the population must be very healthy. Back in the late 80's I could spend a week in the Smokies and never see a bear. The past 6-7 years however, we see a few every time we go up. They are definitely becoming less afraid of people in some areas and that may play a role in the more frequent sightings as well. In the past they may have run off at the first sign of a human, while some are almost curious about hikers now.
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    I'm the only hiker in the world that has hiked the entire length of the Shenandoah's and not seen a single bear. Not even bear butt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredmugs View Post
    Did a 24 mile day Sat SOBO from Iron Mtn shelter to Dennis Cove. I saw 4 bears about 15 minutes south of the shelter and another 3 a few miles before I got to Watauga Lake. Some NOBO's saw bears as they came into the shelter on Friday.

    First 1550 miles on the trail I saw 6 bears total and then 7 in one day!
    Maybe they were holding a meeting and it had just broken up when you walked through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilred View Post
    I'm the only hiker in the world that has hiked the entire length of the Shenandoah's and not seen a single bear. Not even bear butt.

    They are very busy nowadays making appearances on the parkway.

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    It is kind of neat to see a few bears. Give us something to talk about and adds a little adventure to the hike.

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