It was just a few decades ago that black bears in Tennessee rarely were seen outside of the Smokies and the surrounding mountains.
Today, it’s not unusual for them to show up in suburban backyards. The population is expanding, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants people to be prepared.
This month marks the official launch of “Bear Wise,” a TWRA campaign aimed at educating the public on the ins-and-outs of living in bear country. Montana and other western states already have bear education programs. Dan Gibbs, TWRA wildlife biologist, said it’s time for Tennessee to take a more proactive approach, too.