DENSO plant bear captured; will be relocated

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency said late Wednesday the bear spotted in the DENSO manufacturing facility late Tuesday has been captured.

TWRA said Blount County Animal Control immobilized the bear using a dart filled with tranquilizing drugs.

A TWRA officer in Blount County requested that the bear be placed in a live trap. The bear will be relocated Thursday.

“Thanks to our DENSO employees for being alert and our Safety & Health/Security Dept. for closely monitoring the situation,” DENSO said in a statement. ” Also, a big thanks to the Maryville City Police Dept. and the Maryville City Animal Center for supporting in the safe capture of the bear and helping ensure our employees and the public remain safe.” 

DENSO said: “Our Maryville, Tenn. management team, Safety and Health/Security and other departments are currently investigating (right at this very moment) how it got inside the perimeter fence and the building. They will implement countermeasures based upon their findings to help ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

TWRA had been working to capture a bear after it walked through the Maryville DENSO plant Tuesday night. 

Maryville police say the bear wasn’t inside the plant when they arrived after the reports Tuesday but it was seen heading into the woods. 

The TWRA set a trap in an attempt to catch the black bear. 

A release Wednesday from DENSO said the bear was not aggressive and DENSO immediately called local authorities for assistance. 

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