GATLINBURG, Tenn. -- A backcountry shelter and a hiking trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed.
Due to aggressive bear acitivity, officials made an announcement that the Mt. Le Conte shelter and trails to Cliff Topps are closed. They will remain closed until further notice. The summit of Mt. of Mt. Le Conte and the trails to it are still open.
Hikers are advised to take precautions, stay in groups of at least 3 and carry bear spray.
Officials made the decision after a ranger encountered an aggressive bear close to the trail to Cliff Tops. The ranger is trained to scare bears off, but this bear continued to approach him, even followed him to LeConte Lodge. Only then did the bear retreat into the woods.
There are wildlife employees monitoring the situation.
For tips on what to do if you encounter a bear, http://1.usa.gov/1GmTl9n