‘No indication’ of a black bear in area after scavenged human remains found in Campbell County
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said Thursday that they have not found or seen any signs of a black bear in an area of Campbell County after reports that one was scavenging human remains.
JELLICO, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said Thursday that they have not found or seen any signs of a black bear in an area of Campbell County after reports that one was scavenging human remains.
According to a spokesperson with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the home near 4667 Highway 25 in Jellico for a welfare check.
“Following reports that a black bear was scavenging a human body behind a Campbell Co. residence, TWRA wildlife officers searched the area and have not located any signs of the presence of a black bear,” according to a a release from TWRA.
TWRA believes the person was already dead and that “it’s likely that multiple animals” scavenged the remains. Officials will look for evidence of a black bear on the victim’s remains from autopsy results. A trap has been set; however, as of Thursday, there has been no bear caught or seen in the area.
This incident is under joint investigation by TWRA, The Campbell Co. Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
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