A bear ran right into a Tennessee restaurant and knocked over a person on the road outdoors on Friday.
Eyewitnesses instructed WATE that the black bear had run up the entrance staircase of Crawdaddy’s within the metropolis of Gatlinburg and briefly entered the restaurant earlier than shortly turning round and leaving.
One of these eyewitnesses, Kacie Faulling Myers from South Carolina was visiting the world together with her household after they noticed the bear outdoors the restaurant in Gatlinburg—gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park—on Friday afternoon.
Myers captured video footage of the incident that was printed by WATE.
In the clip, a crowd of individuals will be seen gathering across the restaurant to be able to catch a glimpse of the bear, which had simply entered the constructing.
Myers will be heard saying within the footage: “Oh my God, Could you imagine sitting in the restaurant and a bear coming out?”
Another unidentified girl within the video says: “I saw people running and I’m like what is going on?”
Myers additionally snapped a picture of the bear from throughout the road displaying the animal strolling alongside the sidewalk with a number of folks watching close by, together with a person taking an image along with his cellphone from just some ft away behind a trash can.
The bear even knocked an individual over on the road and an ambulance was referred to as to the world, Gatlinburg Police mentioned, in line with WATE. It shouldn’t be presently clear what the person’s situation is.
According to BearClever, there are greater than 6,000 black bears residing in Tennessee and sightings of the animals aren’t unusual within the Gatlinburg space.
In March, a black bear was noticed taking a calming dip in a sizzling tub at a trip lodging within the metropolis. And in May, eyewitnesses noticed bears scavenging from trash cans at a fuel station within the space.
After these incidents, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency mentioned Gatlinburg is positioned inside the pure habitat of the bears and inspired folks to remain “bear aware.”
According to the company, bear-human interactions have gotten extra frequent, as each the human and bear populations rise and extra folks transfer close to public lands and areas inhabited by bears. This enhance in bear-human interactions is creating “potentially dangerous situations,” it mentioned.
The company mentioned that individuals ought to by no means feed or strategy bears. If a bear approaches you in an city space, they’ll virtually at all times discover an escape route if they’re left alone.
“Locate and remove the lure that caused the bear to come into your area,” recommendation on the company web site reads. “There is almost always a safe escape route when bears enter towns. Crowd control is the initial concern as the behavior of a cornered bear can be unpredictable.”