Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to more than 1,500 bears. We need your help to keep bears wild by becoming "Bear Aware." To best protect yourself, please keep your distance from bears by maintaining a distance of at least 50 yards. Keep your food, trash and food scraps away from bears. And never attempt to take a selfie with a bear. Put your cell phone down and use a telephoto lens. Please, do your part to keep wildlife WILD!