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Visitors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park cited for feeding bear peanut butter

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Visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been accused of feeding peanut butter to a bear.

The feeding was captured on video, and rangers said the visitors confessed and were cited on Saturday, news outlets reported.

The 100-pound male bear had been feeding on walnuts for several weeks along Cades Cove Loop Road, rangers said. Biologists suspected it was fed by visitors because it started to appear food-conditioned.

“Managing wild bears in a park that receives more than 12 million visitors is an

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