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Bear causing headache for Johnson City community

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -

Imagine if bears were on the loose in your neighborhood and were eating your trash.

In one community in Johnson City, that's exactly what's been going on for two years. When they try to call to have something done about it. They're not getting any help.

The bears have become so bold, they have started to steal the trash can instead of just looting them.

Some neighbors are having to take some pretty drastic steps to protect their property.

"Every time you take the trash out or in you have to tie the lid with rope, but it's still better than having to pick trash up at 6 o'clock in the morning before you go to work," said Lynn Jones, who lives in Heritage Trailer Park.

A TWRA agent told News Channel 11 that removing the bears is an option, but odds are any bear would make its way back. The agent said the best way to get rid of a bear, is to make sure food is out of reach. 

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