Published Feb 3, 2012
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"In many Western national parks, "bear boxes" are used to keep bears from feasting on camper and backpacker food.
In Shenandoah National Park, upright poles not too far removed from 1960s-era clothes lines are used by hikers to hang their food out of reach from bears.
And in Great Smoky Mountains National Park cables strung between trees make it possible for backpackers to elevate their meals.
"With more than 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail running along the high ridges of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it's only natural for our groups to work together," said Holly Demuth, North Carolina director of Friends of the Smokies."
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Published Nov 12, 2013.
The Forest Service's Bear Necessities for safety in the woods include not leaving food outside and what to do if you encounter a bear in the woods.
Bear encounters can be pleasant or dangerous. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has safety tips about what to do if you meet Yogi on the trail.
Published Aug 17, 2016. After a bear killed a hiker's dog in the park, authorities with the Shenandoah National Park are warning hikers about increased bear activity.
Published Aug 16, 2014. Shelters in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park have been closed due to aggressive bears in the area.