This year has seen an increase in black bear activity and black bear sightings in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is very exciting to see a black bear while riding through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many people pull their cars over or just stop causing a road hazard. Please remember to take precautions if you are in the Great Smoky Mountains and see a bear: stay back, do not run after or engage with the bear, do not feed, and do not interfere with the bears’s progress. Just observe from a distance. Use your zoom setting on the camera to get pictures without approaching the bear too closely. Remember bear safety is for you and the bear! Take a look at some black bear sightings caught on video.