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Brazen bear runs through downtown, climbs tree

By Ben Hooper
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May 8 (UPI) -- A brazen black bear was caught on camera jogging through downtown Gatlinburg, Tenn., and later sitting atop a tree.

Diane Babb Simmons, who was there with her family Sunday, captured video of the bear around noon running down the steps of a building behind some benches.

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Simmons said she witnessed wildlife officers attempt and fail to tranquilize the bear.

The bear was seen shortly after Simmons' video sitting in a tree at the side of a downtown road. The bear drew a large crowd of onlookers.

It was unclear whether the bear was eventually captured.

A bear was seen last week wandering around the Parkview Inn Hotel in Gatlinburg and even wandered into a room being cleaned before being chased away from the scene.

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