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TN Bear Attack

Any one hear anything about the attack in Tenn? Apparently it killed a six year old and wounded a toddler and thier mom. Damn shame!!!

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TN Bear Attack

BENTON, Tenn. -- A 6-year-old girl died and her mother and 2-year-old brother were injured after a bear attacked a family at a camp site in Tennessee.

The attack took place on Thursday in the Cherokee National Forest.

Several witnesses said the bear grabbed the boy in its mouth as the mother and other visitors fought it off with sticks and rocks.

At some point the animal dropped the boy, and he is reportedly in critical condition.

According to authorities, the girl ran away from the scene during the attack, but her body was later found about 100 yards away with what officials said was the same bear standing over her.

A rescue worker fired at least one gunshot at the bear before it ran away. Forest service workers, game agents and trackers are searching for it.

The mother and the boy were taken by helicopter to a hospital in Chattanooga

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First heard the story on CNN this morning. Tragic indeed but when its a child, can't get any worse.

And so unusual for a black bear if initial reports are accurate. The animal would almost certainly have to be diseased or badly injured. No relocation for that bear, it has to be destroyed.

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I live in Knoxville Tenn and I hadn't even heard anything about it, of course I don't get to listen to the news too much. That is very tragic. Usually, we get 1 or 2 beer attacks a year and most of the time they are in the spring.

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Appears they may have found the bear in a trap and euthanized it and sent it to have fur test to make sure it was right bear.

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What I thought was pathetic was the way the press was handling it. The report I saw on CNN made it sound like black bears NEVER attack people and that surely there must be something wrong with this one -- like disease, etc. You know -- we have to understand the bear and excuse its behavior.

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I agree 100%. It amazes me that even here in Alaska of all places the Black Bear is just not reguarded as the large preditor he is. I couldn't count the times that I have hear "It's just a black bear, it isn't dangerous." I don't want to call it ignorance but mabey complacency. We see these bear every day, they are a part of life here. We chase them out of the garbage cans, take their pictures, hike the same trails, and fish the same fishing holes with them for most of the year. There has not been a bear attack here on the island for who knows how long. That breeds a sence of general disregaurd for this LARGE animal that hunts live prey for food part of the year.
He is a dangerous animal I don't care what anyone says. I even have to get on my wife because she lets our kids run through the berry bushes while they are out picking berries in the same area these animals are doing the same thing. Granted 95% of the time a bear will move out of the area if they know you are there, but I have experienced on a few occasions where a bear has come uncomfortably close knowing I was there. I even had one follow me out of a thicket after two of us had just beat the brush to death trying to find a trail for half an hour. No chance he didn't know we were there and what he was doing and yet I turned around and could have slapped him at about three feet. Tell me that is not a dangerous bear that is comfortable enough to come up that close behind two grown adults.
The only way to treat these animals is with the utmost resect for them and what they are capable of. It is thier wood that we hunt and hike.

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