American Black Bears (Ursus americanus) are culturally important to Cherokee people, represented in many stories and as the largest source of wild meat and fur on EBCI lands. Over-harvesting and habitat degradation are the biggest threats to these animals. Since 2007, we have assessed populations through harvest records and bear bait stations. On rare occasions, we also address human-bear conflicts.

Management Actions include:

  • Bear Bait Stations
  • Hunter Harvest Surveys
  • Camera Trap Surveys