Cocke Co. Mayor Recovering After Bear Encounter

Newport, Cocke County (AP) -- Cocke County Mayor Iliff McMahan is recovering after a close encounter with a black bear.

While hunting Monday on English Mountain, the mayor fell from a log as he crossed a creek and twisted his knee. As he climbed out, he heard a commotion from his hunting party downstream.

Then he saw the bear. The animal had been shot once by his hunting partners. But it was undeterred and coming straight toward him.

He shot it from about ten feet and it immediately dropped in a creek bed.

As his hunting party hauled the 337-pound bear away, the mayor hobbled off the mountain.

McMahan said his knee may need surgery.

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