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Bear scare send tourists scrambling

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GATLINBURG (WBIR) - A wayward bear shocked tourists in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee over the weekend.
 
Cell phone video, captured by Tricia Alexander, shows the black bear making its way from the National Park, attempting to get into the Gatlinburg Convention Center, and then running down the Parkway and even using the cross walk to get back home.

On a family outing to Gatlinburg, the Powell residents noticed a large group of people taking photos. When they figured out what was going on, they joined in too. But stayed in the comfort of their car.

"You could just see people standing there saying "Oh my God! A bear!" Alexander said. "A lot of people didn't see him coming and he just ran right by them and they're like wow! It was unreal!'

The video has popped up all over social media. Alexander's video has been "shared" more than 2000 times.

"I just happened to be there," Alexander said. "And when I saw the bear, that was my first instinct to grab the phone and video it."

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said some folks, who moved closer to the bear to grab a picture, did not appear to take the bear as seriously as they should have.

"Definitely do not chase the bear. It's okay to get pictures of the bear and video of the bear. It's always exciting to see a bear. However, you don't want to let your excitement cause the bear any trouble," said TWRA officer, Scott Reasor.

Read more at WBIR's website.

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