A hungry bear prowling through a shelter in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park scored big Wednesday night as it found a cache of beef jerky in a backpack, officials said.
"Since October 5, we've had a series of incidents in the area involving property damage where young male bears have attempted to enter buildings associated with the lodge and also the backcountry shelter in search of food and garbage," park spokeswoman Dana Soehn wrote in an email to the newspaper Thursday.
Park officials trapped two bears and fitted them with GPS collars, Soehn said.
However, a third bear foraging through garbage and dirty laundry near the lodge was able to break into the shelter and find some beef jerky in a backpack, WBIR reported.
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