Tenn. -- A large black bear estimated at 350 to 400 pounds killed a 6 year old girl and severly mauled the girls mother and 2 year old brother.
Baited traps and snares have been set to try to catch the bear but so far no bears have been caught. If a bear is caught it must be verified via hair sample to be the same bear involved in the attack before it can be killed.
The black bear attack took place near a mountaintop swimming hole 10 miles from the nearest highway in the Cherokee National Forest Chilhowee Recreation Area.
It is not know why the bear attacked. The bear could be injured or could have been antagonized by the children who apparently saw the bear first.