14 Animals in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and 1 you will not!

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When you visit The Great Smoky Mountains National Park you will see some if not all of these animals.

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White Tailed Deer> These guys are grazing animals plentiful in Cades Cove. White tail deer can be seen all over The Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

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 Black Bear >This is a beautiful animal. Black bears range the entire span of The Great Smokey Mountains National Park and beyond. Bears are not common in the open in daylight. Look for them late in the evening.

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European Wild Boar > The Great Smokey Mountains National Park has an abundance of wild pigs. These animals are not native to Tennessee. They were imported to Walland,TN. For hunting in the 1800’s.

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Wild turkey> These birds can often be seen grazing in fields. The toms put on quite a show in the mating season. The tuft of “hair” coming from this toms chest is the beard of a turkey.

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Coyote >This canine is very elusive. The coyote’s range is not limited to The Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

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Bobcat >Seeing a bobcat is a rare experience but it does happen in The Great Smokey Mountains National Park on occasion. The first time you see a bobcat in the wild you may be surprised by how small they really are.

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Raccoon> Always up to something, raccoons are nocturnal creatures. Look for them in picnic areas around dusk.

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Elk >were reintroduced to The Great Smokey Mountains National Park in beginning in February 2001. The herd is an ongoing park project. Each elk released has tags and a radio transmitter for tracking purposes.

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Red fox >is another canine that lives in The Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

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Grey Fox >is one of two foxes known to live in this national park.

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Grey Squirrels are very abundant in The Great Smokey Mountains National Park

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Cows are kept in the fields of the The Great Smokey Mountains National Park at different times throughout the year.

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Horses are likely to be the first animal you see in Cades Cove. There is a small riding herd stabled and kept near the entrance of the Cove.

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Skunk >You will find these cute little guys in a lot of picnic areas around dusk. Look but do not crowd this little guy.

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Red Wolf> The Great Smokey Mountains National Park reintroduced the red wolf in 1991. This attempt to reintroduce the ref wolf was a failure.

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