Smoky Mountains Around Town / December 2018

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What To See And Where To Be In The Smokies!

Page 2 Around Town

Judy Jones Potter y

A Gatlinburg Pottery Gallery

Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Village

170 Glades Rd . 865. 436. 2363 cell 404. 216.

2118

all supplies furnished - two or three hour classes

www.judyjonespottery.com

• Lead Free • Wheel Thrown

• Microwave & Dishwasher Safe

"Browse and watch potter at work"

(865) 430-3472

In The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community

530 Buckhorn Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Santa’s Village at Anakeesta

Merry Mountain Christmas at Anakeesta brings you so

much fun this holiday season.

Photos with Santa: 2 PM - 6 PM Every Saturday until

December 22nd

Pop-up Christmas Shop: 11 AM - 5 PM Thursdays,

Fridays, & Sundays (subject to change)

Specialty Holiday Drinks served at our Cliff Top Grill

Bear eating acorns in a white oak

Fall is an important time of year for black bears in the Great

Smoky Mountains National Park to be eating.

“This is the time they fatten up and get ready for hibernating,”

said Bill Stiver, GSMNP Supervisory Wildlife Biologist. “This is

a critical time for female bears to put on enough weight for

having cubs.”

When you see a female bear in the summer with cubs, she weighs

about 100 pounds, Stiver explained. If fall foods are abundant,

that same bear will weigh 75 to 100 pounds more by the time she

starts hibernation for the winter. “She can double her weight,”

Stiver said.

What bears like to eat to gain all that weight are acorns. “Acorns

are the most important food for bears in the fall,” Stiver said. But

the acorn crop this fall is “spotty.”

‘Spotty’ Acorn Crop This Fall - The crop wasn’t a failure like it

was in 2015, Stiver said, but it’s not a bumper crop. The bears

& Bar Restaurant as well as holiday ice cream flavors at

Pearl's Pie in the sky.

DECORATIONS! We have beautiful holiday lights and

a 24 ft Christmas tree on our plaza as well as Santa's

Village. Join us during this wonderful time of the year!

We heard a rumor that Santa has carolers coming to sing

and bring even more Christmas cheer for all to hear!

www.anakeesta.com

Bears need to eat without human interruption

by Julie Dodd

prefer white oak acorns but some of the white oak groves, such as

those in Cades Cove, aren’t producing many acorns this fall.

The lack of white acorns in one grove moves more bears into

other locations where white oak trees are producing acorns and to

other kinds of trees that produce nuts, such as red oaks and

hickory trees. Bears often travel miles to reach trees with nuts.

Stiver said during the fall 2015 food shortage, seven bears were

feeding on one hickory tree along Hyatt Lane in Cades Cove.

Willfully approaching within 50 yards of a bear is illegal and will

lead to a fine, he explained. It can cause problems for the bears

that visitors don’t recognize, Stiver said.

“The bears are so focused on eating that they are often oblivious

to what’s happening around them until people are extremely

close,” Stiver said.

People coming near the bears can disrupt them from eating or

scare them away from an important feeding area. It also puts

people at risk as the bear could act defensively of such an

important food source.

“People are only thinking of their personal satisfaction right then

– getting their picture,” Stiver said. “You’re harassing the animal

and it needs to focus on eating,”

Another problem people create for bears is not properly

disposing of their trash. Food scraps left in a picnic area or at a

campsite can lead, over time, to a bear eventually tearing into a

tent or breaking into cars or homes for food, Stiver said.

The black bear population in the GSMNP is about 1,600. Stiver

said that the last population estimate was conducted in 2006. A

new estimate will be available soon, he said. This is year two of a

two-year multi-agency survey of the bear population in

Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.

“We want people to see and view the bears,” Stiver said. “But we

want them to do that from a safe distance and allow bears to be

able to feed naturally during this critical time of year.”

The Smiths

The Unique, The Unusual and the Hard-to-Find

• Handmade Knives

• Scrimshaw in Ancient Ivory

Unusual Antiques & Oddities

from Remote Corners of the World

865-436-3322

Map Locator #

www.TheSmithsShop.com on Page 9 21

680 Glades Road, # 2 • Gatlinburg

Classic Hikes of the Smokies | December 11

Our last Classic Hike of the Smokies for 2018 is on

Kephart Prong Trail. At 4 miles round trip and 830ft of

total elevation gain, this hike is rated easy. This trail

features an old CCC camp, fish hatchery, and an old

railroad, so we hope you'll join us! Each hike is $20 for

current members and $35 for new or renewing members.

Kountry Antics

Featuring Country Decor, Jams, Salsa

Handmake Soap, Cottage Candles

Come Browse Our Shop Filled With Treasures

(865) 436-0040

Arts & Crafts Community

600 Glades Rd., Suite 2, Gatlinburg

Dog Boarding

Dog Day Care

Dog Grooming

Open 11 till 10 - Sunday 12 till 6

Serving The Area for over 10 Years

The ORIGINAL Ship Crew Is Back

Happy Hour 4-7

Full Menu • Appetizers • Salads

Over 40 Drafts To Choose From

(865) 325-1658

170 Glades Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

www.ship-pub.com

“OK, I’m ready for dinner”

www.barksandrecgatlinburg.com

We are located on highway

321, 5.5 miles from

traffic light #3 in Gatlinburg

Open all year round

865.325.8245

Vet Records Required For All Services

Some tourist don't stay in a place this nice!

2159 East Parkway,Gatlinburg,TN 37738

Reservations Are Highly Encouraged

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