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Black bears beginning to emerge in Smoky Mountains; large population expected


TOWNSEND, Tennessee — An expert is predicting a large black bear population this spring as the animals begin to emerge from their dens.

Coy Blair with Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend, Tennessee told WVLT-TV ( that he expects to see "a lot of cubs" due to the good food harvest last year. Cubs are born in January and February.

He said male bears typically emerge from their dens in March, while the females and cubs usually come out in early April.

Blair says bear tracks have already been spotted in some areas in the Smoky Mountains.

Information from: WVLT-TV,

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