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Bears Cause School Lockdown

It wasn't a nursery rhyme, but it could be a story Hendersonville high students tell their kids some day.
"So I walk up, and what do you know, there's three bears in a tree," says student Matthew Miller.

The mother bear and two cubs climbed up a persimmon tree on campus. The school was on a soft lock down until the crisis was over. Many students watched it unfold from the windows of third floor.

Wildlife Enforcement Officer Aaron Stronach's strategy was to simply give them some space.

"You know, give them as least contact with people as we can, keep the noise level down," Stronach told us.

At around lunch time, the family was on the move again, descending slowly down the tree. They crossed the street and went down the block.
"We've had a wet summer, so they've been on the move foraging for food," explains Stronach.

Down the block, cops and wildlife enforcement officers did their best to keep traffic at bay. We last saw them wander off Fleming and Fassifern court. Authorities say nature ran its course, and the cause for concern is over.

"We hope so," Stronach says. "Hopefully we've moved them on to some woods, so they can push on out of the city."
"That was kind of funny," says Miller about this memorable high school experience. "That's all I would say is, thanks for making my day a little bit brighter."

By: John Le


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