(WBIR - Knoxville) Police say a bear spotted meandering through a West Knoxville neighborhood isn't hurting anything or anyone and will be left alone.
A Knoxville city employee first saw the bear Thursday around 6:30 a.m. on Kirby Road near Papermill Drive. He said the bear walked across Kirby Road, climbed up a tree and eventually left the area.
The bear was spotted again near Pond Gap Elementary School running through the playground by Knoxville resident John Watson. He captured a video of the bear on his phone.
"I had just turned on the street [Hollywood Road] and looked over at the school and there he is in the playground coming across. The car slows down as he meanders down the road and disappears into the weeds. The guy in the car was cool... he rolled his windows down and was like 'Wow! did you see that?'" Watson said.
"It was the coolest thing. I'll be watching this all day," he said about his video.
TWRA and animal control were both called, however officials say the bear will be left alone as along as it doesn't act aggressively toward humans.
TWRA spokesperson Dan Hicks said a bear sighting in a city neighborhood is rare. But TWRA says male bears about 2 years old are transient while they're looking for a new mate and will travel long distances to find one.
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