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TWRA investigating possible bear encounter

TWRA investigating possible bear encounter

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MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is investigating after a man said a bear swatted him at his home in Johnson County on Tuesday.

Wildlife officers said the alleged incident occurred outside a home on Eastridge Lane in Mountain City. A 47-year-old man claims he exited a woodshed and was confronted by a black bear that swatted at him, the TWRA said in a news release.

The man said he fired a shot in the bear’s direction believing he may have hit it and it left the area, the release states. The victim’s fiancé called 911 and Johnson County EMS examined the victim documenting very fine scratches to the victim’s lower right arm but he refused medical treatment.

The TWRA said officers could not locate an injured bear or any indication that the bear had been shot. A trap has been set for precautionary measures, the release states.

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