Wildlife officers learn how to handle a bear attack

Wildlife officers learn how to handle a bear attack in Gatlinburg

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During the workshop, officers were given different attack scenarios involving a bear and victims. There was mock evidence throughout the fake scenes, and trainers gave extensive feedback. During the workshop, officers were given different attack scenarios involving a bear and victims. There was mock evidence throughout the fake scenes, and trainers gave extensive feedback.

GATLINBURG (WATE) - Wildlife officers from all over the southeast were in Gatlinburg Thursday to receive training on how to handle a bear attack.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency hosted officers from 13 states.

During the workshop, officers were given different attack scenarios involving a bear and victims. There was mock evidence throughout the fake scenes, and trainers gave extensive feedback.

The TWRA says this training is meant to help officers with quick decisions during an emergency situation.

"Unfortunately with a situation with a bear attack or any animal attack, whether or not it's a dog or anything, it's a pretty tragic event. They need to be prepared with how to deal with the victims and how to deal with the scene in general," said Agent Daryl Ratajczak.

TWRA officials say in the last 15 years, they've dealt with two deadly bear attacks in the state.

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