Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers reward for dead black bear draped over sign

In Walland, Tennessee at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials have offered a $5,000 reward for information relating to a dead black bear draped over the Foothills Parkway sign. Especially egregious was a handwritten sign next to the dead bear which said “Black lives don’t matter.”

According to CNN News, the bear’s body was discovered on Saturday near the intersection of Highway 321. Park officials have not commented whether they think the handwritten sign was meant to be a racist statement or something about conservation, management or poaching of black bears.

Hunting bears are illegal at the national park, however bear hunting is legal in other parts of Tennessee. Bear hunting season begins on September 26.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 888-653-0009 or nps_isb@nps.gov. But the park emphasized the use of their tip portals is restricted to investigative tips only and should not be used to offer general comments or opinions on the incident.

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