As we enter the month of June, the Cove goes through changes. Every season is beautiful in Cades Cove, but while being beautiful, summer is often a hot, muggy time. Although the blackberries and cherries provide lots of food and energy for the black bears and their cubs, the heat is also a big problem. Thank God for the refreshing streams that provide water for the wildlife.
The newborn whitetail fawns also face the threat of predators and nature often goes through what appears to us to be a vicious cycle. Instinct plays a big part in survival as does the tall grass and weeds the animals use for cover. Never try to interfere with nature taking it's course.
As the summer rush of tourists begin to fill the cove, tempers sometimes flair because of slow moving traffic, bear and deer jams, and frustration because of the fields that have been allowed to grow up blocking the view of the animals. Remember, THIS IS THEIR HOME. The wildlife that we love to view and their protection and survival comes first!
Be patient, slow down, be tolerant of others, park in a pull over and walk...enjoy the trip.