Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Bear sighting! My first bear sighting!

I was VERY far from this precious black bear+using my telephoto lens.

Others stopped to observe. My gay ass self and queer family noticed the tendency for folks to assume this bear was a male.We've experienced this many times in children's books, previous animal sightings at other parks and in everyday language. It was quite fun when the park ranger pulled up and shared that this wild one is a female.

Not all "fierce" animals are he and not all "passive" animals are she. My 9-year-old will 100% call you out if you assume otherwise;)

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