The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) took to Facebook last week to share a beary important message.
“LOCK YOUR VEHICLE DOORS WHEN IN THE SMOKIES AND NEVER LEAVE FOOD INSIDE!!!” the agency exclaimed in a Thursday post.
The posting went on to describe an animal encounter involving a bear -- and photos of a badly-damaged truck.
“TWRA Officer Gene Parker was called to an incident in Gatlinburg yesterday where another black bear opened a truck door and became trapped inside,” it explained.
Further down in the post, the TWRA said spoke about bears in the area.
“Thieves are least of your worry’s [sic] with hungry bears roaming around! Unfortunately, this occurs all too often around the Smoky Mountains. #tnwildlife,” the agency concluded.
The post has more than 2,300 reactions, 990 comments and 5,600 shares as of Sunday afternoon.