Bear Wanders Through West Knox Neighborhoods

Knoxville (WVLT) - TWRA officers caught a black bear in Alcoa Friday night, but received several calls this weekend about another bear on the loose in North Knox County.

Volunteer TV’s Kim Bedford spoke with neighbors in the area about the wandering bear.

It's a scary thought guys, especially for those with kids or pets.

The first call to TWRA came Saturday about a black bear on Mayes Chapel Road off Emory Road and two more calls were made yesterday about more sightings in the Florence Gardens subdivision, off Norris Freeway.

Neighbors are hoping the bear or bears leave their area soon.

"This is Lucy. She's a good girl. I'd be afraid of her getting hurt." Karen Conner is worried about a bear getting to Lucy and a lot of other four-legged friends in the Florence Gardens Subdivision. "I think it's really scary because I'm a dog walker, and just to walk a little dog like her and then walk a couple labs and another dog, I think it'd be very scary to run into a bear. I'd feel like we're a target."

TWRA says they received two calls about a black bear in the North Knox County subdivision Sunday.

"There's a lot of woods around,” thankfully Dustin Malone says when his dogs Harley and Buddy are out, they're fenced in, but there's still an uneasy feeling of encountering into a large black bear. "It can be unsafe, all the kids and especially if it's hungry."

And TWRA says the Easter weekend freeze East Tennessee experienced leaves more bears than usual wandering away from the mountains in search of food such as berries.

Neighbors on Mayes Chapel Road say they saw an adult-size bear Saturday run across here, and then escape through the back of these woods.

"It doesn't worry me too much. I know when things are bad in the mountains they come down, but that's not really a big deal. I don't think they're going to bother anything,” says Scott Mizers.

But if you see one, TWRA says they need to know.

"I hope everybody else, if there's a sighting, they call someone because I know how dangerous they can be,” Karen says.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when dealing with bears:

Don't feed bears.

Keep garbage inaccessible to bears.

Avoid bird feeders.

Keep pet food indoors.

Do not put any food in compost piles.

And keep your cooking grills clean.

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  • by wayne on Jun 26, 2007 at 11:03 PM
    I live on Westland drive between Morrell and Northshore and there is about 10 piles of bear scat in my back yard. Some are very dry and some are very fresh looking. Still waiting on the call back from TWRA.
  • by Tim Samples Location: Corbin, KY on Jun 26, 2007 at 04:27 PM
    People need to be aware of the fact that bears and other wild animals are going to be seen close to homes and urban/suburban areas more and more. As humans encroach on their habitat, taking in forested areas for housing and commercial development (and mining the mountain-tops for coal in some areas) these animals no longer have a home, and are going to be visible and in close proximity from time to time. Availability of their natural food supply is also a MAJOR factor. The best approach when spotting a bear is literally NO approach. If a bear wants to wander through the neighborhood DONT PANIC and don't go near it. Do the smart thing as Lisa Ogle did: she called TWRA, then watched the bear from inside her house. Also, the tip about not feeding the bears may seem harsh, but is neccessary to heed if we want to avoid potentially dangerous human vs.bear confrontations.One last tip:If you have a dog, build or buy a kennel, or fence in an area of adequate size for it. Better still- keep it in the house (where hopefully it is air-conditioned,and your pet has access to water and food)and WALK IT every day!)Please do not leave your dog on a CHAIN in the yard where it has no protection from bears, other predators,or even other dogs.This is not only cruel, it is STUPID!
  • by Lisa Ogle Location: 10401 E. Emory Road on Jun 25, 2007 at 05:12 PM
    We had a large size black bear in our back yard last Monday morning. We called TWRA who simply just wanted us to call back if we see it again. They said this was probably the same bear that had been spotted in Grainger Co. The bear was walking toward the garden and when we opened the back door - slowly walked back toward a wooded area. We haven't seen it anymore.


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