City of Gatlinburg

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Black Bear Management Program

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The City of Gatlinburg and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) mutually fund a bear management position for the control and management of bears within the City. The objective of this position is to reduce human/bear conflicts, ensure a safe environment for residents and visitors, and allow flexibility for area law enforcement personnel to perform their regular duties. The bear management position is filled with a trained TWRA Wildlife Officer who is responsible for dealing with nuisance bear issues, providing guidance to the City of Gatlinburg on items that can attract bears into the City, and educating citizens and visitors on black bear laws and how to be proactive in dealing with the visiting bears.