Close encounter with bear cub caught on camera in Gatlinburg

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GATLINBURG (WATE) – Rachel Bowlin says one morning she woke up because she heard a grill moving on the back porch of a cabin she was staying at in Gatlinburg near Ski Mountain Road.

She went to the window and noticed a cub on the back porch looking for food. Bowlin says its mother was not around.

Bowlin says this isn’t the first time she had seen this bear. She says one day the cub climbed the tree next to the cabin and walked around on the roof.

Bowlin says she stayed inside the cabin until the cub left and did not bother it at all.

Last week, WATE spoke with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency about the possibility of seeing cubs alone with out adult bears.

“Mother bears tend to search for food when it is scarce. Mothers place cubs in areas that they believe are safe while she is searching for food. A cub may be alone for hours until the mother returns,” a spokesperson for TWRA said.

TWRA says this is similar to a human leaving a child with a babysitter, however, the “sitter” could be a tree near a person’s home.

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