Bear attacks Smoky Mountain campers

Investigators say the attack happened Sunday at the Elkmont Campground, a 200-site camping area eight miles southwest of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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June 14, 2022 - 3:42 PM

A view of a mountain range at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Dreamstime/TNS)

A 350-pound bear ripped into a sleeping family’s tent inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park before clawing a mother and 3-year-old girl, according to the National Park Service.

The two survived the encounter, but “sustained superficial lacerations to their heads,” the park service said in a news release.

Investigators say the attack happened Sunday at the Elkmont Campground, a 200-site camping area eight miles southwest of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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