Bear barges through West Knoxville home, neighbor sees it all

Bear barges through West Knoxville home, neighbor sees it all

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Becky Mash, her husband and their two dogs were out for a walk on Renford Road at the intersection of Forest View Road when they saw it happen. Becky Mash, her husband and their two dogs were out for a walk on Renford Road at the intersection of Forest View Road when they saw it happen.

By KRISTYN CADDELL
6 News Reporter 

WEST KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers put out a trap in a West Knoxville neighborhood after a black bear crashed through a woman's home Wednesday night.

It happened off Sutherland Avenue on Forest View Road at the intersection of Renford Road just before 10:30 Wednesday night.

Becky Mash, her husband and their two dogs were out for a walk when they saw it happen.

"When we got to the top of that hill, my dogs saw the bear,"  Mash says.

She says a bear weighing about 130 pounds barged right through her neighbor's front door, shattering the glass and giving the woman who lives in the home the shock of a lifetime.

"It was just a huge crash and the next thing you know she's hollering and scared for her life," Mash says.

Neighbors quickly called 911, but by the time police arrived, the unexpected house guest had already made its getaway. Still, the woman inside was clearly terrified.

"She said it raced around her living room on tops of couches and from what I understand it made one lap around the house and went back out the door that it came in," says Mash.

This isn't the first time a burly bear has been spotted in this normally quiet West Knoxville neighborhood.

However, Mash says she hopes it's the last time an animal like that stops her in her tracks.

Neighbors say the woman the bear barged in on had called the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency earlier Wednesday saying she had spotted a bear in the neighborhood.

Mash says she and her neighbors want to make sure the bear gets captured safely and is returned to its natural habitat as soon as possible.    

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