VIDEO: Small dog runs off bear digging into Gatlinburg trash

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- "You can't leave garbage out if even for a few minutes," said Danyelle Hocker Glendenning, a manager for the Bears Eye View cabin.

Dog runs off bear digging into Gatlinburg trash / Source: Danyelle Hocker Glendenning.

A guest staying at a cabin in Gatlinburg left their trash out on the porch to gather the rest of their garbage. Danyelle said the guest was only gone for a few minutes, but that was enough time for a bear to climb onto the porch and dig into the trash.

In surveillance video, a guest can be heard saying to the bear, "What do you think you're doing, girlfriend? What are you doing, mama bear?"

Then, a small dog barks in the video and jumps into view. It can be seen confronting the bear and running it off while the woman yells for the dog to come back inside.

Glendenning said the guests and dog were okay, and the bear "finally went on her way."

As for the dog, Glendenning said it, "feels like a hero."

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says bears are traveling further than usual this year. Even if you're not close to the Smokies, it's still a good idea to secure your trash.

In the Smokies, tourists are required to stand 50 yards away, which is the equivalent to half a football field. You are also prohibited from feeding bears and must take out or lock up your trash. Not doing so could leave you with a class C misdemeanor, up to a $5,000 fine or six months in jail.

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