The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency shared footage Wednesday of a fierce scuffle between two large black bears that included an impressive takedown by the apparent winner.
The footage, captured this week from the safety of a garage near Ely’s Mill in Gatlinburg, shows what appears to be the slightly larger bear dominating the battle after a quick and violent takedown.
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The battle, which showcases the remarkable power and agility of the black bears, ends with the defeated bruin fleeing at 36 seconds.
Ely’s Mill said on Facebook that the footage was captured by guests Billie Jo and Micah Campbell.
The top comment below the post: “Wow, and to say some people think it’s okay to get out of their vehicle and approach them. They’re hustling like nothing happened. Can you imagine what they could do to a person?
It’s not entirely clear why the bears were fighting, but TWRA said on Facebook:
“Although it is a little early for the bears to fight for dominance during the breeding season, we think it may be a dispute over a food source given the size of the bears. two animals.”
–Image courtesy of Ely’s Mill