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Wayward bear makes second stop at ACHS

The young black bear that authorities tried to scare away from Anderson County High School on Tuesday returned for another visit early Wednesday morning. The wayward bear was spotted near the entrance to the school at around 6:30 am Wednesday but was gone when a school resource officer arrived about an hour later. The bear was spotted again later in the day in the Miller Road area. The bear showed up for the first time Tuesday afternoon just after classes had dismissed for the day and hung around for almost three hours calmly eating acorns before Sheriff’s deputies and TWRA officers used bean bag rounds, rubber bullets and a pickup truck to scare it off. TWRA officials expressed some concern over the bear’s seeming lack of fear of people, saying that it appeared it may have been fed or otherwise desensitized to humans. Officials stress that you should never feed bears, for the safety of both the animal and the community.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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