June 4, 2009

Scared bear crashed into woman’s home

Police in Knoxville, Tenn., said they are searching for a black bear that burst into a woman's home after it was apparently spooked by a neighborhood dog.

The Knoxville Police Department said Tom and Becky Mash called 911 at about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday to report their encounter with the bear while walking their dog, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported Thursday.

The couple said the bear appeared to have been frightened by their dog's barking and crashed into a woman's home through a glass door.

As we topped the hill, I saw the bear rise up and all of a sudden the dog started barking. ... That bear goes through the glass door of this woman's house, said Tom Mash. That lady started screaming bloody murder. Wouldn't you?

Mash said the bear chased the woman around her living room before fleeing through the back door of the home. He said the woman was frightened but not injured.

Police said they are searching the neighborhood, which contains several wooded areas, for the animal.