Black bear reported on outskirts of Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A state wildlife official says a black bear spotted on the fringes of Nashville's busy metro area probably roamed from the Cumberland Plateau in search of food.

Daryl Ratajczak, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency big game coordinator, says bears can travel hundreds of miles for something to eat when they emerge from their winter dens.

He says bears often go back to where they came from on their own, and he's hoping that's the case with this one.

A bear was spotted Monday in Bon Aqua, southwest of Nashville, and again on Wednesday in Fairview, in suburban Williamson County.

Officials say a bear track found about five days ago in Cannon County, just east of Nashville, probably came from the same animal.

They suspect the bear wandered from the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area on the upper portion of the plateau.

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Information from: The Tennessean, www.tennessean.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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