Smokies black bears are beautiful.  My family was visiting my sister in the Mt. of NC and my wife asked me what was that on the road coming up to us (about 150 yards off).  She thought it was a large dog.  It turned out to be a black bear cub with Mom and other cub.  Once we yelled, the mom bolted up the mountain and the cubs followed.  Was a great learning experience for my wife as she had never seen a bear in the wild and I was able to use that experience to ensure everyone in the family understood you don't come btwn momma bear and cubs:) 

 

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