200-Pound Black Bear Caught Roaming University of Tennessee Campus

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A bear that made its way through the University of Tennessee campus on Dec. 29, 2019. (Credit: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)

A bear that made its way through the University of Tennessee campus on Dec. 29, 2019. (Credit: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)

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If you think the scariest thing on campus is your grades, you haven’t been to the University of Tennessee.

A 200-lb black bear was spotted roaming around the Knoxville school grounds early Sunday morning, leading university police to call the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) for help.

When wildlife officials caught up with the bear, they found him stuck inside Lindsey Nelson Stadium, home of the Volunteers baseball team. (The school’s out for winter break.)

The state agency announced their unusual find in a Facebook post:

Sgt. Roy Smith and Officer Jeff Roberson of the TWRA quickly tranquilized the bear, the agency said. UTPD officers assisted in the safe removal of the bear.

But don’t worry, the bear wasn’t hurt. In fact, it’s already been released in the Foothills Wildlife Management Area in Blount County, TWRA said on Twitter.

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