West Knoxville man spots bear outside his window

West Knoxville man spots bear outside his window

Knoxville Police have spotted the bear (Source: KPD) Knoxville Police have spotted the bear (Source: KPD)
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A West Knoxville man says he spotted a bear outside his home on Jonquil Street near Papermill Drive around 7 a.m. Thursday.

"When I peeked out my front door, I realized there was a big black leg of a bear in the crook of my little red bud tree here, and I quickly told my wife, 'honey, we've got a bear in the tree outside the front door,'" said homeowner Tim Daniel.

Daniel says Thursday morning started out like any other. He grabbed his cup of coffee and looked out his front window, but what he saw made the morning a little more interesting. Daniel says police cruisers and officers sat parked on his street. They were all staring at a giant black bear perched in his front tree.

"It climbed down the tree real quick and ran under the front window and down the street," Daniel said. You can even see where the bear left claw marks in the tree.

Residents say, once the black bear ran from the tree, they saw him cross the road near Pond Gap Elementary School. 

"He's loose in the neighborhood somewhere," Daniel said.

Many say they're surprised the bear was seen so close to the interstate, but officials at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency say bear spottings in Knox County are more common than you may think, especially this time of year. They say July is breeding season for black bears, and they're on the hunt for food.

Neighbors say, just a few weeks ago, they saw a different black bear just down the road.

"The last bear they got here they darted at the other end of the street and it was over 200 pounds," Daniel said. "Maybe they've been hitchhiking and they just got dropped off here, you know, I don't know, but it makes a Thursday morning pretty interesting."

The TWRA says they try to avoid trapping and relocating black bears. At this point, they say they'll keep an eye on this bear.

Meanwhile, TWRA says they do want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the best things to do to keep bears away.  They say many bears are in search of food, so make sure you keep garbage and pet food out of bear's reach.

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