350-pound bear rips into sleeping family’s tent in Smoky Mountains, claws mom and child
A view of a mountain range at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. - Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

A 350-pound bear ripped into a sleeping family’s tent inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park before clawing a mother and 3-year-old girl, according to the National Park Service. The two survived the encounter, but “sustained superficial lacerations to their heads,” the park service said in a news release. Investigators say the attack happened Sunday at the Elkmont Campground, a 200-site camping area eight miles southwest of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. “A family of five were sleeping in their tent at Elkmont, with their dog, when a black bear ripped into the tent at approximately 5:20 a.m.,” par...