HEADED OUT OF TOWN
As WHKP Radio was reporting Thursday morning at 8am, a mama bear and her two cubs had caused quite a stir around Hendersonville High School in the pre-school hours.
The bears were in a tree near the "senior steps" before school started Thursday morning. Hendersonville Police blocked traffic in the area and called state wildlife officials to come and coax the bears down.
State wildlife officials told WHKP News that a real shortage of acorns this fall will likely result in many hungry bears venturing into populated areas...and they advised everyone to protect trash cans and bird feeders that typically lure hungry bears.
Officer Philon with Hendersonville Police told WHKP News late Thursday afternoon the last he'd seen of the bear family they were down out of the tree, headed in a northwesterly direction, back toward some woods on the west side of town. Officer philon said state wildlife officials had been assisting Hendersonville Police all day with the bears...coaxing them down, and getting them away from the school. Streets around the school were blocked off while the bears were in the tree...the officer said the idea was to keep traffic away and things as calm as possible so the bears would come down...which they did. The streets were re-opened about 1:30 Thursday afternoon.
There have been a few other scattered reports of bears around town in the last few days...and as wildlife officials have said, with the acorn shortage, and the lack of a food source for the bears this fall, we'll likely see more of them.