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 SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency caught a rogue black bear Saturday afternoon after a nearly 2-day search.

Witnesses and the TWRA said it all happened in a matter of minutes.

"It was scurrying out the alley so I called 911 and I said, ‘We have a bear in the neighborhood,' and then I went and let the neighbors know because they have children playing in the backyard," Knoxville resident Frances McMillan said.

After receiving 911 calls from residents living near Sutherland Ave and Portland Street, the TWRA spotted the roughly 150-pound young adult male black bear outside a home where it was shot with a tranquilizer dart.

The bear then climbed up a nearby apple tree, where it was tranquilized again, and soon fell asleep.

"I know there's a lot of cat food around here and there's a lot of bird seed out," McMillan said. "I put the bird seed out so we don't know, maybe that's drawing them."

The TWRA said it transported the bear to the North Cumberland Wildlife Management area in Scott County where the bear was released.

The TWRA said the bear is the same bear that was spotted in Northwest Knoxville along Clinton Highway earlier this week.

"It's the same one that was traveling yesterday in the Western Ave area," TWRA officer Joe Durnin said. "I'm sure of that."

Durnin said it's fairly common to have several sightings of bears in Knoxville around this time of year.

Durnin said the TWRA is working on locating a bear believed to be roaming in the Maloney Road neighborhood.

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