TWRA: Authorities find ‘no signs of bear at scene’ after reports of one consuming human body near Jellico


JELLICO, Tenn. (WJHL)- Authorities with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said after investigating reports of a bear found consuming a human body in Campbell County, they’ve found no evidence that supports the claim.

In an updated release from TWRA officials, authorities said they investigated reports that a black bear was scavenging a human body behind a home in Campbell County.

TWRA officials searched the area and, “have not located any signs of the presence of a black bear.”

As a precaution there has been a trap set for a bear, according to officials.

TWRA officials said in part, “Wildlife officers say while it’s likely that multiple animals had scavenged the victim’s remains, there is no indication that a black bear has been in the area. Officers will also be looking for evidence of a black bear on the victim’s remains from the autopsy findings. “

The incident remains under investigation by officials with the TWRA, TBI and CCSO.

No further information was immediately available.

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JELLICO, Tenn. (WJHL) — Authorities are investigating after a bear was found consuming a human body in Campbell County.

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call to check on a person in the Duff community near Jellico just before midnight Tuesday, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

TWRA says deputies located a bear and a deceased person in a wooded area behind a residence.

“It appeared that the bear, which left upon the officer’s arrival, had scavenged the body,” TWRA said in a news release. “A TWRA wildlife officer was notified about the incident this morning and a bear trap has been set in the area of the incident.”

The body has been taken for an autopsy.

The incident remains under investigation by TWRA, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.

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