Everyone loves hot tube...even bears! While bear sighting in the Smokey Mountains is not uncommon this time of year, seeing one in a hot tub certainly is. Read more on the story here.
According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, here's what you should do if you encounter a bear:
- Never feed or approach bears!
- If a bear approaches you in the wild, it is probably trying to assess your presence.
- If you see a black bear from a distance, alter your route of travel, return the way you came, or wait until it leaves the area.
- Make your presence known by yelling and shouting at the bear in an attempt to scare it away.
- If approached by a bear, stand your ground, raise your arms to appear larger, yell and throw rocks or sticks until it leaves the area.
- When camping in bear country, keep all food stored in a vehicle or in a suspended bear-proof box and away from tents.
- Never run from a black bear! This will often trigger its natural instinct to chase.
- If a black bear attacks, fight back aggressively and do not play dead!
- Use pepper spray, sticks, rocks, or anything you can find to defend yourself.