Tennessee Fishermen Stumble Upon Black Bear Mauling A Deer On Shore

Beer eating a deer in the woods

Imagine walking through the woods at night, just to come across this wild scene.

This nightmare became a reality for these two fishermen, who were fishing on Watauga Lake in eastern Tennessee.

According to The Charlotte Observer, Dustin Tolley and Adam Buckles were enjoying a night out on the lake hoping to catch some nice fish, when they heard strange noises off in the woods near where they were fishing around 11 PM on Sunday, July 17th.

They approached the shore, only to find a MASSIVE bear mauling and eating a deer.

You can see in the video, the deer fighting for its life as the bear relentlessly held on, taking bite after bite.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Agency, this is pretty rare for this part of the state to see, but it shows a perfect example of how you must be cautious around black bears at all times.

The caption from the video states:

“Eight-five percent of black bears diet is made up of vegetation, but you wouldn’t know it watching this video!

Anglers Dustin Tolley and Adam Buckles were fishing on Watauga Lake a couple of nights ago and captured this rare video of a black bear catching and killing an adult white-tailed deer.

We know they appear to be cute and cuddly… but remember, they are predators and may attack.”

Watauga Lake is a 10.5 square mile mountain reservoir, that sits right by the North Carolina state line, and has bears that an reach up to 500 pounds.

Tolley wrote on Facebook:

“Me and my buddy was fishing on Watauga last night and heard the craziest sound coming off of the mountain right towards the boat.

So we got the boat light to shine to see what was coming toward us, and this is what we see.

This was a crazy event thought this thing was goin to end up in the boat with us the way it came off the mountain in front of us.”

He added that it appeared like the bear was trying to drag the deer up the mountain.

Black Bear Breaks Into Car In The Smoky Mountains

Talk about some people who involuntarily found themselves in a sticky situation.

A family was visiting their cabin at The Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. And if you know anything about Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you know they got themselves a healthy population of rambunctious black bears.

They’d only been there for five minutes, when outta nowhere a young black bear makes its way to their car.

Sure enough, he smells the birthday cake that’s sitting in the trunk of their car, and it’s doing everything it can to make its way in.

The people begin to try to scare the bear away by turning on the car’s alarm, but it does no good, as the bear miraculously makes its way into the trunk of the car.

Finally, they realize they have to take matters into their own hands, and proceed to walk outside and try to scare the bear away themselves.

Once the young bear has done some damage to the cake, it runs off, but continues to stay close by as it stares the people down.

I have to say, these people have a lot more courage than me.

When a young bear is off by itself, that means the mama bear ain’t too far behind, and that’s when things can get ugly.

Here’s the description from the folks who lost their cake:

“We had just arrived at our cabin in The Smoky Mountains (Gatlinburg). We hadn’t been at our cabin for more than 5 minutes. We were unloading our luggage. We had stopped by a local grocery store to pick up a birthday cake a little while before arriving. The cake was sitting in the rear of the vehicle.

My sister-in-law walked back out to retrieve some more stuff and saw the young bear in the car eating the birthday cake that we had just purchased.

She started screaming for us all to come out and see what was happening. The video tells the rest of the story.

I also have the follow-up video that shows mama bear coming a little while later and trying to open the car door to find more cake. I also added a picture of what was left of the cake.”

The black bear is the most common bear to populate the Smoky Mountains, and according to the Smoky Mountain National Park, an estimated 1,500 black bears populate the area.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock