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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Death in the Smokies
Searchers in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park have recovered the body of William Lee Hill, Jr., 30, of Louisville, Tennessee , two miles north of Cades Cove, and they are trying to determine how he died. Park officials were notified on Sunday, that Hill and a companion, Joshua Morgan, came to the park on Friday to look for ginseng. The two separated during the day and Hill had not been heard from since. Park rangers began searching immediately and worked until after dark Sunday night, trying to locate Hill. His body was found on Tuesday, off the trail, and now investigators are trying to determine if he was killed by a bear. There was evidence of wildlife scavenging of the remains and an adult male bear remained in the area, showing aggressive behaviors, for many hours, even as rangers worked to recover Hill’s body throughout the evening hours. Wildlife biologists responded to the area, trapped the bear, and recovered human DNA from it. Out of concern for public safety, park officials determined the best course of action would be to humanely euthanize the bear. “While the cause of Mr. Hill’s death is unknown at this time, after gathering initial evidence, consulting with other wildlife professionals and careful consideration, we made the difficult decision to euthanize this bear out of concern for the safety of park visitors and local residents,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “This is always one of the hardest decisions a wildlife manager has to make, and is one that we did not take lightly. Over 2 million visitors come to the Cades Cove area annually and there are several residential areas very close to where we found Mr. Hill’s body. We could not take the risk of allowing this bear to approach or show aggression toward other people.” The incident remains under investigation.


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