Vandals in Great Smoky Mountains combine bear head with Black Lives Matter reference – By Mark Price (The State) / Sept 21 2020
A strange act of vandalism that combined a bear’s head and skin with a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement is under investigation at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The National Park Service says the vandalism occurred sometimes on Sept. 18 or 19 and involved the Foothills Parkway West Entrance sign near Walland, Tennessee, according to a news release. The park straddles the Tennessee-North Carolina state line.
It was discovered about 7:45 a.m. Saturday, when tourists “reported seeing a black bear skin with head and a cardboard sign attached to the entrance sign that read ‘from here to the lake black lives don’t matter,’” a release said.
A reward of up to $5,000 is offered for tips “leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible,” park officials said.
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