Rogue Knoxville bear caught near Sutherland Avenue

Rogue Knoxville bear caught near Sutherland Avenue

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The bear was spotted early Friday morning in the Clinton Highway area, at one point running through an Arby's parking lot. The bear was spotted early Friday morning in the Clinton Highway area, at one point running through an Arby's parking lot.
The bear was also spotted in several neighborhoods. The bear was also spotted in several neighborhoods.
Sandy Coffman saw the bear just before 9 a.m. as she was pulling weeds in her garden. (source: Sandy Coffman) Sandy Coffman saw the bear just before 9 a.m. as she was pulling weeds in her garden. (source: Sandy Coffman)
The bear was spotted again by Emily Phillips in her yard on Sprucewood Road. (source: Emily Phillips) The bear was spotted again by Emily Phillips in her yard on Sprucewood Road. (source: Emily Phillips)

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A TWRA official says they caught a black bear on Saturday afternoon that had been wandering around Knoxville.

The TWRA caught up to the bear around 1:30 p.m. at Sutherland Avenue and Concord Street, ending a two-day search for the elusive animal.  

The bear fell asleep after being shot with a tranquilizer dart. 

Residents in North Knoxville first spotted the bear on Merchant Drive.

A 6 News camera caught a glimpse of the medium-sized bear as it crossed Clinton Highway around 1:00 a.m. Friday.

The bear ran through the Arby's parking lot at 5228 Clinton Highway and then through several neighborhoods.

Neighbors woke up unaware of the unexpected visitor, until we showed them our video.

"I think I want to get in the car, go on to work and keep the kids in the house," said Celecia Hunt.

"I hope they catch it, cause I have two beautiful daughters I need to protect and I don't want nothing to happen to them," added Tekorio Hawkins.

Hours later, residents near Interstate 640 reported seeing the bear in their neighborhoods.

Sandy Coffman saw the bear as she was pulling weeds in her garden in the area of Pleasant Ridge Road.

"I gasped and he looked right at me," said Coffman. "He was about twenty feet from me. I scared him and he scared me and he just came down through the neighborhood."

TWRA says the bear will be released at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. 

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