He worked for more than 30 years in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a Wildlife Ranger and Supervising Wildlife Biologist. Now Kim DeLozier is sharing his stories.

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If "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" is the extent of your knowledge about these animals -- you would be in big trouble if you actually encountered one. Lucky for you, an East Tennessee bear expert is sharing his insight in a new book.

He worked for more than 30 years in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a Wildlife Ranger and Supervising Wildlife Biologist. Now Kim DeLozier is sharing his stories.

"Bears are a symbol of the Smokies. They are very, very intelligent animals too," he said.
"We used to have the saying he was smarter that the average bear. I'm not sure that we are smarter than all the bears in the park, maybe just some of them."

Kim DeLozier's co-author Carolyn Jourdan suggested the title of their book: "Bear in the Back Seat."

"We had several episodes where I did in fact have a bear in the back seat of either a helicopter or a vehicle and some interesting things happened," he said.

He remembers one of his favorites, Bear #75.

"He had the most extensive relocation history. He traveled over 1,500 miles trying to get back to his home in Cades Cove," he said.

He and his fellow rangers learned a lot about bear behavior. A take home message in the book is don't feed the bears and don't run.

"Even though it has a lot of funny stories, a lot of stories that have a lot of danger inside of those, it also has a lot of educational material. It tells people how to react around bears they encounter in the back country or front country," he said.

The story of the Bear #75 does not have a happy ending.

"Bear #75 was actually shot. Illegally. And because of that we wanted people to know what caused Bear #75 to lose his fear of people so hopefully his story could help people become educated and know how to react around bears and protect more bears in the future," he said.

In the future, Kim DeLozier plans to release two more books about wildlife in the Smokies. The next one should be available next month.

Kim DeLozier will be signing books tomorrow at Sugarlands Visitors Center from 10:00 to 1:00.

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