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Jay Clark to discuss research on black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park October 14

jay-clark-bears_10-14-16Jay Clark, an instructor of biology at Maryville College will present “Bears in the Smokies” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, Oct. 14.

Black bears are the icon of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and every visitor to the Smokies desires to see one of these creatures. Up until the late 1960s, very little was known about the life history and biology of black bears in the Smokies. In his presentation, Clark will summarize the research conducted by UT, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and the National Park Service and explain how this information was critical to biologists charged with protecting and managing the population of bears in the Park and surrounding mountains.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, October 14 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Rooms C-D.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

Additionally, this year, we have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. Please email Amanda Womac for more details.