18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
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This mother black bear shows her menacing fangs in profile, while positioning her body between the photographer and cub, which sends a strong message of warning that she is a mommy who means business, when it comes to protecting her cub! I certainly opted to give them space! They were eating walnuts, along the Cades Cove loop road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee).

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Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Te, United States of America
Copyright: © Holly Higgins