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Smoky Mountains Wildlife
If you love wildlife, a visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is perfect for viewing! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to 66 species of mammals, over 200 birds and about 80 types of amphibians and reptiles!
Visiting Cades Cove and Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the early morning or evening will guarantee you many sightings of wildlife. In winter and spring, when there are no crowds and the foliage does not obstruct your view, you will be rewarded with many sightings.
It is unlawful to tease, bother, touch or interfer with an animal's normal behavior.
Of course, you never have to leave the rental cabin to see all the wildlife. Enjoy wildlife viewing right at the cabin. You'll see eagles, hawks, songbirds, wild turkeys, deer, bobcats, raccoons and rarely a bear.
The Smoky Mountains in North Carolina offer the perfect blend of natural beauty and activities the whole family can enjoy. Find peace and solitude as well as a huge variety of wildlife in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The wildlife in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is abundant. You never know when you may encounter, black bears, wild turkeys, raccoons, oppossums, deer, squirrels, bobcats, beavers, fox, coyotes, rabbits, elk at Cataloochee and so much more. Most wildlife can be spotted in Cades Cove.
Please remember to always keep a distance between you and wildlife and do not feed any of the wildlife especially the bears for your own safety. Although the bears seem to be so cute, they are wild, don't be fooled as a black bear can be dangerous and unpredictable. Please view from a distance and when taking pictures, use a telephoto lens. Be safe and view the bears from a distance.
In 2001, an experimental program reintroduced elk to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Elk once freely roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. River otters have successfully reintroduced to the park.
View the reintoduced elk herd at Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
In 1991, the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reintroduced the red wolf to the Great Smoky Mountains. Only 350 red wolves remain alive in the world, and only about 25 roam free in the Great Smokies and are located between Cades Cove and the Sugarlands Visitors Center.. Red wolves, nocturnal and reclusive, are ususally not seen but can be heard howling. are not a threat to humans.
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