The job of educating the recreating public is never done. The cast of characters is constantly changing. Often when people leave home, their brains go on vacation too. Finding ways to communicate that get through to people is a never-ending challenge.
"I love the fast sound-bite style that concisely captures some complex issues. It is an excellent book. I'm recommending it be carried at all our visitor centers and other national forests that have bears."
Carrie Sekerak, Wildlife Biologist, Ocala National Forest – Florida
“Managing bears would be easy. All you’d have to do is keep out all the people.”
- Bill Stiver, Supervisory Biologist, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
With more than nine million visitors each year, Great Smoky Mountains is America’s most-visited National Park. The park is such great bear habitat is has one of the highest bear densities in North America. Tons of food and garbage and a culture where watching the bears at the picnic grounds was the evening’s entertainment created chronic problems for bears. Great Smoky Mountains slowly changed everything from the hours the maintenance crew works to fire pits, trail shelters and food storage options to protocols for dealing with food-conditioned bears, and today the park’s visitors and the parks bears are for the most part peacefully coexisting. When there are problems, they’re used to educate and motivate change.