Woman who posted video of herself feeding black bear may face jail time
A woman who filmed herself intentionally feeding a black bear in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and posted the video to Tik Tok, may face up to six months in jail, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said. The 21-year-old woman from Virginia has been charged with illegally feeding a bear, a Class B Misdemeanor.
“The overwhelming desire to have a close encounter with a black bear is strangely more powerful than common sense,” Sevier County Wildlife Sgt. David Saxton told CNN. “Many people intentionally feed bears with little regard for the dire consequences to the bears and humans they leave behind.”
Body of missing Asheville hiker Chad Seger found
The body of missing hiker Chad Seger, of Asheville, was found Tuesday afternoon in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of Pisgah National Forest, search and rescue officials said. The body was found in an off-trail area near the Art Loeb Trail. The cause of Seger’s death has not yet been determined.
After Seger’s body was located, his family gathered near the search area to thank first responders. “We found him yesterday. It wasn’t what we wanted, but our minds are at ease,” Chad’s sister Chelsea told ABC 13 News. “I just wanted to thank Team 57. They found him. They pulled him out and they did their job.”
Woman missing in Zion National Park for 12 days is found alive
A California woman who went missing in Zion National Park while on vacation has been found alive after she was lost in the park for 12 days. Holly Courtier, 38, injured her head on a tree while exploring the park and became disoriented, her family said. She survived by staying close to water until rescuers could located and reach her. When rescuers did eventually track down Courtier, she was so dehydrated that she could take only one or two steps before collapsing.
“She was very disoriented… and thankfully ended up near a water source—a riverbed,” Kailey Chambers, Courtier’s daughter, said in a statement. “She thought her best chance of survival was to stay next to a water source.”
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