Meanwhile, my old stomping grounds in Knoxville have apparently become overrun with the things. Expanding suburbs combined with being butted up against one of the largest reservoirs of black bear population east of the Mississippi creates an ideal environment for headlines like this...
Authorities have captured and killed a black bear that entered a West Knoxville woman's home last week, a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency official said today.(The Mechanicsville neighborhood, by the way, is not out in the sticks: it's right up against downtown K-town.)
The bear was caught after it was accidentally struck by a Knoxville Police Department car Saturday night in the Mechanicsville neighborhood, about two miles from the home it allegedly broke into last week.
"We have every reason to believe it was the bear that entered the home," TWRA supervisor Brian Ripley said.
The winner of recent Knoxville bear stories has to be this one, though:
*Bearthread: Interminable discussion threads on internet gun fora devoted to rationalizing purchase of exotic firearms solutions to fantastically unlikely problems. The Taurus Judge is the concrete, physical world manifestation of too much bearthread.