Bear dies after being trapped in hot car while searching for food in Tennessee
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A black bear in Sevierville, Tennessee, has died after entering an unlocked car in search of food, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said in a news release Thursday. Mountains National Park. The owner of a vehicle parked in a rental cabin found the bear inside the car around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday; The car owner said he left the cabin in another vehicle around 10 a.m. Officials believe the bear was able to open the unlocked car with its teeth or paws and became trapped after the door was closed. The bear appeared to be searching for an empty soda can and food wrapper on the ground, the statement added. “The statement said. The agency said people should lock their car doors, roll up the windows, “and never leave food or anything that smells like food inside!” The Bears have a sense of smell seven times stronger than that of a bloodhound, the agency added.This week, dangerous heat set in across the South, with heat alerts for more than 40 million people in Texas to Florida including Dallas, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Mobile and Jacksonville.
A black bear in Sevierville, Tennessee, died after entering an unlocked car in search of food, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said in a statement Thursday.
Sevierville is about 30 miles from Knoxville in eastern Tennessee, just north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The owner of a vehicle parked in a rental cabin found the bear inside the car around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday; the car owner said he left the cabin in another vehicle around 10 a.m.
Officials believe the bear was able to open the unlocked car with its teeth or paws and became trapped after the door was closed. The bear appeared to be searching for an empty soda can and food wrapper on the ground, the statement added.
“We believe the heat likely killed the bear as exterior temperatures exceeded 95 degrees yesterday, which means the interior of the vehicle may have reached over 140 degrees,” the statement said.
The agency said people should lock their car doors, open the windows “and never leave food or anything that smells like food inside!”
Bears have a sense of smell seven times stronger than that of a bloodhound, the agency added.
This week, dangerous heat has settled in the South, with heat alerts for more than 40 million people from Texas to Florida, Dallas, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Mobile and Jacksonville.