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Some unexpected new friends

While hiking recently in Cades Cove inside the Smoky National Park of Tennessee, James and Nancy Cope of Albert Lea were greeted by two black bears. What they presumed to be a mother and her cub continued to approach the two hikers, before vanishing into the dense forest that surrounds the trail. To enter the weekly photo contest, submit up to two photos with captions that you took by Thursday each week. Send them to colleen.harrison@albertleatribune.com, mail them in or drop off a print at the Tribune office. The winner is printed in the Albert Lea Tribune and albertleatribune.com each Sunday. If you have questions, call Colleen Harrison at 379-3436. - Provided

While hiking recently in Cades Cove inside the Smoky National Park of Tennessee, James and Nancy Cope of Albert Lea were greeted by two black bears. What they presumed to be a mother and her cub continued to approach the two hikers, before vanishing into the dense forest that surrounds the trail. To enter the weekly photo contest, submit up to two photos with captions that you took by Thursday each week. Send them to colleen.harrison@albertleatribune.com, mail them in or drop off a print at the Tribune office. The winner is printed in the Albert Lea Tribune and albertleatribune.com each Sunday. If you have questions, call Colleen Harrison at 379-3436. – Provided