Tennessee black bears are one of the states treasures living in Blount, Carter, Cocke, Greene,and other places. The highest densities of black bears in Tennessee are in Cherokee National Forest and the Great Smoky National Park. During the 1970's the number of bears increased rapidly in Tennessee. By 2009 there was about 571 bears which is more than in 1980. Today the black bear population has thrived largely due to the kindness of the National regulatory authorities(NRA),Cherokee National Forest (CNF)and the Great Smokey Mountain National Park (GSMNP), which is the bear research program of the University of Tennessee.