- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee wildlife officials say a black bear spotted in a West Knoxville neighborhood will be left alone as long as it returns the favor.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1s2odoZ ) reports the bear was sighted Thursday morning by a police officer in a residential area.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency was notified. TWRA spokesman Matthew Cameron says officials decided to let the bear be, so long as it wasn’t being aggressive toward humans.

It’s the second bear sighting in the neighborhood in as many months. On June 1, TWRA officials trapped another black bear that wandered into a backyard, barely two blocks from Thursday’s sighting.

Cameron urged residents to keep their garbage secure and to not leave pet food outside. He also recommended keeping outdoor grills clean.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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