The University of Tennessee’s Lindsey Nelson Stadium’s latest visitor didn’t come through the turnstile, and had to be tranquilized and removed from the premises — but not because of excessive alcohol or unruly behavior. The uninvited guest was a 200-pound sow black bear.
According to CNN, the bear was spotted roaming the university campus in Knoxville at around 4 a.m. on Sunday morning. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials responded, and were able to work with the university police department to tranquilize and remove the bear from the ballpark, where it had been stuck.
Nobody was hurt during the incident. School is out for winter break, and even the bear wasn’t harmed. A video posted by the Wildlife Resources Agency showed the black bear being released into the foothills, a much more suitable habitat for a black bear than a ballpark.
The 200 lbs. sow black bear that wandered into Lindsey Nelson Stadium early this morning has been released onto Foothills WMA in Blount Co. TWRA Wildlife Officers immobilized her around 4 a.m. with help from the University of Tennessee Police Department. #tnwildlife #bearwise pic.twitter.com/Ko52FYrHDq— TWRA (@tnwildlife) December 29, 2019