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Campbell man indicted for false bear report

A Campbell County man has been indicted after reporting in September that he had been attacked by a bear.
27-year-old Michael Savage of LaFollette was indicted by a Campbell County grand jury last week on a charge of filing a false report for the Sept. 4 incident. Savage told police at the time that he had been attacked as he walked along Demory Road near Lonas Young Park between midnight and 5 am, according to the TWRA. Savage told investigators that he had stabbed the animal several times before getting away and walking several miles to his home where he called 911 around 6 am.
As a result of his claim, TWRA set up bear traps in the area of the reported attack and asked residents to remain alert for bear activity. Nothing was caught in the trap, and no bear sightings were reported.
TWRA officers determined that the injuries suffered by Savage were not inflicted by a bear or any other kind of animal, citing the nature of Savage’s injuries and a lack of evidence from the scene. Additionally, Savage’s wounds were clean and contained no hair or dirt, authorities said, and he did not have any bite marks or defensive wounds.
Savage was arrested last week by the LaFollette Police Department on separate charges and is being held on a $30,000 bond until his Feb. 8 court date.

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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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