Bear Essentials

 Joel Zachry of Appalachian Bear Rescue said he enjoyed our interview on the East Tennessee Report. I did too, so much so that I chose to post a copy of it below. Joel implied that I tired him out with my questions and my energy. As an extrovert, I tend to do that to people.

While listening to the broadcast on Sunday morning, my wife commented that I had a “Huell Howser moment” when I asked Joel about how to back away from a bear. To me, there’s no higher compliment. Huell was one of my favorite television personalities.

Joel shares great information about the natural history of the Smokies and about the feeding habits of bears. I learned the difference between hard mast (nuts) and soft mast (berries), both of which make excellent ice-cream toppings.

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