Originally Posted by Cannibal
Hang close to the shelter and they won't give you a hard time. At least, that was my experience and I ran into two of the ridgerunners while going through GSMNP. Your attitude when speaking with them makes all the difference.
Good advise. I felt like bait fish the last time at Tricorner Knob. I'm pretty sure there were as many bears as there were hikers.