Tennessee hotel guests film close encounter with bear

By Ben Hooper  |  Dec. 5, 2017 at 1:29 PM
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Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A pair of tourists visiting a Tennessee city captured video of a curious black bear wandering up to their hotel and investigating parked cars.

John Gonzalez and Kevin Bowers, who hail from Tampa, Fla., said they were at the Reagan Resort Inn in Gatlinburg when a bear wandered up to the elevator door about 12:30 a.m.

Gonzalez filmed as the bear wandered around the parking lot and sniffed at parked vehicles.

"It was my first time ever seeing a bear and for being my first time up close, [it was] crazy," Gonzalez told WATE-TV.

Gonzalez said the bear eventually wandered away down a back alley.

The men said the hotel manager told them the bear is believed to be the same bruin that invaded a local candy store before Halloween.

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