Cherish the oak trees of Gatlinsburg Tennessee, especially the Red Oak Tree and the Chestnut Oak Trees. As tourists visit Gatlinsburg Tennessee, they are not afraid of bears this year.
Why? In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, acorns from red oaks and chestnut oaks are extremely abundant in 2014. The bears are so satisfied. Their tummies are full in preparation for hibernation. In other words, the bears are eating so many acorns, wild berries and nuts in the Great Smokies that they are not a nuisance to the tourists. How wonderful for the tourists and the bears.
According to Biologist Bill Stiver, acorns from red oaks and chestnut oaks are so plentiful that wildlife experts expect fewer complaints about the bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Knoxville News Sentinel, a newspaper published in Knoxville Tennessee, interviewed several wildlife experts including Bill Stiver.