"We'd always, I'd always said I wanted to see a bear,"
Dian Duff got her wish, and so did several living along Bee Creek Road in Whitley County. Johnny Collette is opening a resort near Laurel Lake next month. He found bear tracks near his cabins.
"Really neat. For years we'd go to the smoky mountains and look for bear," said Collette.
Diane Duff's sighting was this weekend. She shot video of the encounter.
"Didn't seem threatening in any way, which may be a bad thing I'm sure too, because somebody might try to approach him. Which we just left him alone. We stood on the back porch and left him alone, took pictures, but didn't approach him or anything like that," said Duff.
Duff adds she is concerned for younger family, like her two-year-old granddaughter.
"She's used to roaming all over, all the way up to the woods. We watch her and she goes up to the wood line all the way around us. Also lots of nieces and nephews."
"They're out there. We've heard people say they've seen them. But we actually had a visitor in our yard and got lots of pictures," Duff continued.
Officials with the Department of Fish and Wildlife have told the Duff's and others living up and down Bee Creek Road to keep their garbage locked up inside until trash pickup day.