You are the owner of this article.
You have permission to edit this article.
TWRA investigating possible bear encounter

TWRA investigating possible bear encounter

Only $5 for 5 months

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. | 276-645-2531 | Twitter: @RSorrellBHC |

Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

Recommended for you

Welcome to the Conversation

No name-calling, personal insults or threats. No attacks based on race, gender, ethnicity, etc. No writing with your caps lock on – it's screaming. Keep on topic and under 1,500 characters. No profanity or vulgarity. Stay G- or PG-rated.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


Breaking News

News Alerts