The subsequent time you head into the bear woods you may need to take into consideration taking alongside a garden chair. That’s the lesson from 90-year-old Altha Williams, who used one to combat off an attacking black bear with three yearling cubs, as she sat on the entrance porch of her Sevierville, Tennessee, dwelling.
“It simply made a lunge at me,” Williams informed WVTL 8 TV News out of Knoxville. She had been sitting quietly—maybe too quietly—on her porch when, “Evidently it heard me,” she stated. The bear could have been shocked and defending its cubs when it went after her. Williams managed to carry a garden chair between herself and the bear, although the lunging bear did handle to take a swat at her earlier than fleeing. She ended up with a gouge on her proper arm that required stitches, however no life-threatening accidents.
“I used to be simply sitting right here, hadn’t been right here greater than two or three minutes,” she informed the TV information station. She stated that bears usually are not unusual within the space, which is close to the Smoky Mountains. “We’ve had bears, they get extra widespread every year,” she stated. “I’ve seen it (the bear) earlier than, however I hadn’t been out round it as a result of it has cubs. However I’ve been sitting right here lengthy instances after they stroll up right here, and so they don’t trouble you.” She had seen a bear final yr with three cubs. “It may have been the identical bear, however it hadn’t ever bothered me…They’re afraid of you, so that is actually uncommon,” she informed WVTL.
Based on Matt Williams, Tennessee Wildlife Useful resource Company spokesperson, the bear then went on to a different home close by, the place it charged the neighbor. The neighbor shot the bear however didn’t kill it. State wildlife officers have been capable of monitor the bear and had put the animal down. “As soon as a bear has made contact with an individual and precipitated harm, we’ve got no alternative however to euthanize it,” Williams stated. “It will probably’t be relocated.”
He added that Ms. Williams had dealt with the encounter precisely as she ought to have. “To get huge, yell at them, make noise. To intimidate them. Pat on the again for the way she responded. It may very properly have saved her life.”
That is not less than the second bear assault to happen in Tennessee this month. As F&S reported at the time, on June 12, a 350-pound bear was killed after it tore into the tent of a household of 5 who had gone tenting within the Nice Smoky Mountains Nationwide Park.