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Re: Hikester's Introduction


>What I will say by way of introduction to anybody planning to hike the
>Smokies this year is this:  in conversation with the park rangers, I
>understand that they are expecting a bumper crop of bear cubs.  Last fall's
>production of "hard mast" -- the term given to the acorns, seeds, etc. that
>bears typically live on -- was superb.  The net result is that female bears
>are better fed than in years past and so there will be more instances of two
>cubs born to the female rather than one.   Every time I've ever hiked in the
>Smokies I've had up close and personal experiences with the bears, so you
>can bet that I'll be keeping a watch for them!

Well, would like to hear some of your bear stories.

billy g.