Five men have been arrested for illegally baiting a black bear using chocolate, and then killing the bear for its meat.
TWRA officers made the arrest on Friday evening on top of Chilhowee Mountain after they say they had been watching the group for an extended period of time.
The five men, all from Maryville now face charges ranging from hunting big game out of season to resisting arrest.
The men are Roger Mason and his son Roger Mason, Richard Caughron and his son Chris Caughron, and Mike Gregory. TWRA Wildlife Officer Mitch Clure says this is something he and other officers have to constantly keep on eye on.
"We've caught several people in Blount County using chocolate for baiting," Clure said.
The men are accused of luring a black bear to a bait pile that consisted of a 55 gallon barrel full of an assortment of chocolate. They are set to appear in court Friday for their preliminary hearing.