Smokies visitors cited for

feeding peanut butter to bear

GATLINBURG — Some visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been accused of feeding peanut butter to a bear.

The feeding was captured on video, and rangers said the visitors confessed and were cited on Saturday, news outlets reported.

The 100-pound male bear had been feeding on walnuts for several weeks along Cades Cove Loop Road, rangers said. Biologists suspected it was fed by visitors because it started to appear food-conditioned.

“Managing wild bears in a park that receives more than 12 million visitors is an extreme challenge, and we must have the public’s help,” park wildlife biologist Bill Stiver said. “It is critical that bears never be fed or approached — for their protection and for human safety.”

The bear was tranquilized and marked with an ear tag. It was released in the same general area.

Park officials say feeding, touching, disturbing or willfully approaching wildlife within 50 yards, or any distance that disturbs or displaces wildlife, is illegal in the park.

— Associated Press

Deputies fatally shoot man

during arrest attempt

LIVINGSTON, Tenn. — Deputies in Tennessee have fatally shot a man while attempting to arrest him, authorities said.

Deputies from the Overton County Sheriff’s Office initially responded to a call Friday evening about a man brandishing a weapon at others, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement Monday.

Arriving deputies learned Jerry Henley, 42, had active warrants and attempted to arrest him, the statement said. During that attempt, they fired their weapons and Henley was fatally wounded, according to the bureau. The deputies were not injured.

Agents with the bureau were working to independently determine the events that led to the shooting and to gather all relevant evidence, officials said. No further information was immediately released.

— Associated Press

Tennessee anglers can fish

without paid license on Saturday

Tennessee’s annual free fishing day is Saturday.

Each year, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency offers one day when anglers can fish without a paid license in the state’s public waters, agency-owned and -operated lakes and state park facilities.

The TWRA says it annually stocks several thousand pounds of fish for various events. However, some privately owned lakes and ponds continue to charge during free fishing day, the agency said. Interested anglers will need to consult with those operators if there are any questions about a facility.

Many events are returning this year after cancellations in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A list of events being held on free fishing day can be found on the TWRA’s website.

— Associated Press

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