Second Tennessee tourist attacks bear, defends deer

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Jul. 18, 2002  

Park visitor attacks bear, defends deer

Associated Press

TOWNSEND, Tenn. - Another visitor in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been caught harassing a yearling black bear as it preyed on a fawn.

Park officials said Wednesday that the bear was likely the same 45-pound animal a tourist at Cades Cove kicked, picked up and threw down after seeing it attack and try to eat a young deer in June.

This time, about 50 tourists gathered around the animals. Elk researcher Jennifer Murrow saw one visitor throw three baseball-size rocks at the bear in an attempt to stop the attack.

"There were a lot of people who felt they should be protecting the fawn. Sort of a Bambi mentality -- that it was the weaker animal and it was a ferocious bear," said park spokeswoman Nancy Gray.

Nobody was charged in this incident.
 



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Park visitor attacks bear, defends deer

Associated Press

TOWNSEND, Tenn. - Another visitor in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been caught harassing a yearling black bear as it preyed on a fawn.

Park officials said Wednesday that the bear was likely the same 45-pound animal a tourist at Cades Cove kicked, picked up and threw down after seeing it attack and try to eat a young deer in June.

This time, about 50 tourists gathered around the animals. Elk researcher Jennifer Murrow saw one visitor throw three baseball-size rocks at the bear in an attempt to stop the attack.

"There were a lot of people who felt they should be protecting the fawn. Sort of a Bambi mentality -- that it was the weaker animal and it was a ferocious bear," said park spokeswoman Nancy Gray.

Nobody was charged in this incident.
 


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