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Officers: Woman charged for feeding black bear in Tennessee


October 18, 2020

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Wildlife officers say a Virginia woman has been charged after they say she fed a black bear while on vacation in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Association said Friday that a video posted on social media shows 21-year-old Kristin Hailee Farris hand-feeding what appeared to be watermelon, cholate and other items to a black bear in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Sept. 30.

When the video was first released, wildlife officers quickly issued warnings that feeding bears is dangerous and could result in serious injuries.

According to news reports, officers say F...

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