Web Exclusive: Black bear hits downtown Tennessee town

Black bear hits downtown Tennessee town

(CNN) - A black bear made quite a stir in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee over the weekend and it was all caught on video.  There was a family that was in the right place at the right time.

"I just happened to be there. When I saw the bear, that was my first instinct, was to grab the phone and video it," says Tricia Alexander.

From the safety of their car, the Alexander family captured this black bear's journey through downtown Gatlinburg, without getting too close for comfort.

"Just like he was going to go in and visit the Convention Center," says the dad. 

"You could just see people standing there saying oh my God a bear," says Tricia. "A lot of people didn't even see him coming and he just ran right by them," says the dad.  "And they're like wow! It was unreal," says Tricia.

But what started out a little scary, turned comical for the Alexanders. Even though they got a few laughs, they started to feel sorry for the bear.

"He just looked trapped he just mainly wanted to try to get away from everybody and didn't know which way to turn," says dad. 

Thankfully he made it out on his own and left the Alexander's with a keepsake they'll cherish for years to come.


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