A resident of Little Cove Road had a surprise this morning (Saturday, July 15, 2017) when he observed a large black bear in his yard. Christopher Miller told 105.7 News that the bear roamed into his yard from a wooded area in Grassy Cove. Miller said the bear most likely came down from Black Mountain, through Little Cove and left his yard heading into another wooded area. The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency says if you see a black bear, do not approach it.
Black bears are normally very elusive and shy animals and unless they have become accustomed to human food sources, they tend to avoid people. Bears are very curious animals, however, and this should not be mistaken for aggression. Prevent any conflicts by treating bears with respect as they are wild animals whose behaviors can be unpredictable.
Any Time You See A Bear:
Do not feed or toss food to a bear or any wild animal.
Keep children close at hand.
Keep pets indoors or in a vehicle or camper.
Do not approach a bear–they are dangerous. If it changes its natural behavior (feeding, foraging, or movement) because of your presence, you are too close.
Never surround or corner a bear.
Never run from a bear — back slowly away and make lots of noise.
Encourage others to follow these instructions.
Be responsible. Improper behavior on your part may cause the bear to die.
In the extreme case that you are attacked by a black bear, try to fight back using any object available. Act aggressively and intimidate the bear by yelling and waving your arms. Playing dead is not appropriate.
Remember these Bear Wise Basics when residing or vacating in bear country:
Never feed or approach bears.
Do not store food, garbage, or recyclables in areas accessible to bears.
Do not feed birds or other wildlife where bears are active.
Feed outdoor pets a portion size that will be completely consumed during each meal and securely store pet foods.
Keep grills and smokers clean and stored in a secure area when not in use.
Talk to family and neighbors when bear activity is occurring in your area.