Viewer in Marion County captures black bear on video

Photo by a NewsChannel 9 viewer who chooses not to be identified.

For the second time this month, a NewsChannel 9 viewer has captured on video a black bear doing his thing.

We told you about an up close encounter a couple had with a black bear on Lookout Mountain in Dade County back on June 3rd.

Now a viewer in Marion County, who prefers not to be identified, has shared video of a bear in the Kimball area.

"He's having a field day with that corn," one of the family members says, as the male bear tears into a feeding station.

The family was enjoying a picnic on a private lot when the bear appeared -- thankfully, far enough away from the family that they were not in any danger.

The viewer says, "He spent over a day at our location eating the mess he made and then napping at the tree line, he did this several times. We stayed in our vehicles and left him alone to eat and rest."

The viewer says this was the second bear sighted in the past week on the mountain, & the other had a black face:

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The viewer also lists four local bear sightings at the base of the mountain in the past 9 days:

  • One sighting in Gamble subdivision, Jasper,
  • Two sightings on Battle Creek Road in Kimball,
  • One sighting in Mullins Cove in Jasper

She tells NewsChannel 9 "It’s been great!" and sightings always make her family excited. But they know to leave the bear be, and hope everyone follows their example.

Our resident Outdoors expert Richard Simms tells NewsChannel 9, "The black bear population has been increasing significantly in Tennessee and North Georgia for several years. Biologists have predicted that folks are likely to see black bears more and more frequently in areas where they may have never been seen before. It's especially common this time of year as young male bears who have been chased off by their mothers are roaming far and wide in search of new territory they can call their own. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred there is no reason to fear them. Except for sows protecting clubs, black bears are seldom aggressive. But you never want to test fate. Steer clear and likely they will move along on their own."

If you see a bear nearby, wildlife officials urge that you immediately get to a safe place. Walk slowly backward, keeping your eye on the bear at all times. Do not pull out your phone to take a video until you are certain you're in a safe place.

Check out more local "backyard bears," featuring footage taken recently in Ringgold and Murray County, Georgia.

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