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Video of Black Bear Walking Around Gatlinburg Like He Owns the Joint Is Too Much

While there's no doubt that pets are part of the family, too, it's also becoming more and more clear that the relationship between humans and wildlife is changing. It could be because of climate change and increasing deforestation, but whatever the reason may be, it's sending animals into places they've never been seen before. 

Take, for example, this black bear who wandered into an outdoor shopping area of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The animal just meanders around in a video posted by TikTok user @skeeter42--but not a single person is panicking. Not one! These folks are being smart and letting the bear have their space, but still...why is almost no one concerned?

There's a lot to unpack here--it's just so chaotic! Seeing a bear in such a populated place is insane to begin with, but the fact that everyone is so calm? Positively wild! If we're being totally honest, though, nonchalance may not be the best strategy in this situation! 

"SAD a human had to tell another human to get away from the bear!" commented @betty_0003. "People need to learn personal space with our bears!" Say it louder for the people in the back, girl! Even if we can't control where animals go, we can definitely prevent accidents and attacks by being smart about space. 

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"The frustrating part is the bear will do something to someone and will get put down for it,"  @jusitnamk pointed out. Hopefully not! There were some smart people in this video making sure that everyone kept their distance, but the sooner this can become universal knowledge, the better. 

Not only would this help keep people safe, but it would be nice for the animals, too! Not every black bear encounter needs to be from close range, after all.

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