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With over 60 mammal species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there’s plenty of wildlife to be seen throughout the area. One of the most popular places to visit in the national park is Cades Cove, where wildlife can be found around every corner.
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Coyotes have been active throughout the national park, and were especially active this last February. No, they’re not anywhere too close, but you can definitely visit and sometimes hear them howling in the distance.
Coyotes arrived to the Great Smoky Mountains around 1985. Since their arrival, according to the National Park Service, the coyotes have helped control the small animal populations.
Coyotes have always been an intriguing animal in the national park, and one vacationer was able to capture the amazing howling sounds of coyotes in Cades Cove. Check out the video below to hear it!
Wildlife Safety Tips
1. Stay a Good Distance Away
It’s important to remember that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a natural habitat for wildlife. You should always stay a good distance away from bears, deer, elk and all other animals in the national park, especially when you’re taking pictures. Keep in mind that you may spook the wildlife if you’re too close.
2. Don’t Feed the Wildlife
When you’re taking a hike through the Great Smoky Mountains, make sure you don’t leave any snack wrappers or leftovers in any picnic areas or along any trails. Food and garbage will attract wildlife, but will also harm them. To avoid wildlife roaming near the popular roadways and hiking trails, its best to take your trash with you when you leave.
3. If You Come in Contact with Wildlife
As with all wildlife, including the coyotes in Cades Cove, if they approach, you should back away slowly. Don’t jump or run toward the animals, and continue talking in a normal tone of voice.
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