Rare black bear spotted in Dyer County

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Officials in Dyer County are on the lookout for a black bear --- a rare animal in that part of the state.

The bear was spotted by a citizen last night and then two Newbern police officers saw it in the Highway 77 area.

It appears to be wearing a red collar, possibly a transmitting device.

State wildlife officials took over the search for the bear today.

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