Bear Necessities

Great Smoky Mountain National Park is widely known for its sizable black bear population, but conflicts between bears and humans can result in orphaned and injured bear cubs. As a result, the park is working with the Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) to help raise the cubs until they are ready to survive in the wild. Students at Dalton Middle School in Dalton, Georgia, report on how the combined efforts of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and ABR are helping the park’s black bear population thrive.

Produced by Julia Tucker, Reagan Brady, Liana Little, Jake Knapp, Shellby Sikor and Reyd Mahan, students at Dalton Middle School in Dalton, Georgia. Instructional support provided by SRL Connected Educator Gina Gray. Station support provided by Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Special thanks to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park for the opportunity to explore the natural, cultural and educational resources being preserved for visitors from around the country and world by the park and its rangers.

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