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BamaBum 07-19-2010 04:18 PM

Curious question about GSMNP Bears...
So... Has anybody every seen a bear in the park that was "fishing" or even eating a fish?

Crockett 07-19-2010 05:23 PM

I think the black bears in the smokies are opportunistic feeders. I have never seen one but I am quite sure they will eat dead fish if they happen upon one. I don't think the bears in the smokies actively try and catch fish. However as with anything there are probably cases perhaps with a fish trapped in a small pool without a means to escape so a bear that finds this may take advantage of the situation but I think that would be a rare situation and not common behavior. Not a bear expert though just read a little here and there maybe someone else knows for sure.

GrouseMan77 07-19-2010 05:28 PM

The fisheries department had a bunch of rainbows in holding cages a couple years ago. Came back the next morning a bear had taken care of the cages and the fish.

They do not try to "catch fish" that I know of.

Jim Casada 07-19-2010 05:29 PM

BamaBum--A bear is pretty much like a hog in one sense--they'll eat most anything (well, a hog won't eat a cucumber, but that's it in my experience). That being said, I'm sure bears scarf up any dead fish they find, but I doubt if they "fish" for them the way grizzlies do with salmon. It wouldn't be energy efficient.
As to your question, the answer is a qualified yes. Many years ago I saw a bear chase off a bunch of campers at the Bryson Place and then eat, with considerable relish, their dinner of fried fish and all the fixin's.
Jim Casada

tntom 07-19-2010 06:45 PM

Jim, that's right a hog won't eat a cucumber but they will eat coal.:biggrin: Never ate any coal but I have ate a few cucumbers and a few hogs:cool:

gmfishe 07-19-2010 08:30 PM

Bears won't eat a raw irish potato either....

troutslayer3393 07-19-2010 08:33 PM

I saw a bear at the sugarlands visitor center that tried to cross the river on top of a log.....the log snapped and the bear fell in the river :biggrin: it was hillarious

BamaBum 07-19-2010 09:58 PM

Jim, that's funny about the fried fish. I bet that was a sight to see.

Thanx for the replies fella's....

Streamhound 07-20-2010 11:15 AM

Hey Jim
Will a hog eat a pickle?

Jim Casada 07-20-2010 02:33 PM

Streamhound--I don't have a clue. My knowledge of the culinary preferences of the porcine population comes from a lot of practical experiences (i. e., slopping hogs, pulling weeds for them this time of year, etc.) but there was no way on God's green earth Grandma Minnie was going to let hogs have any opportunity to indulge in the many and varied pickles she made--various cucumber pickles (bread and butter, dill, and the like) along with watermelon rind pickles, okra pickles, artichoke pickles, pickalilly, chowchow, and more.
In short, after all that, I don't know.
Jim Casada

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