A group of tourists were cited after a social media post showed them feeding a bear in Gatlinburg.
Many people were outraged after a picture was posted to Facebook showing the group feeding a bear cub outside their rental cabin in Gatlinburg.
Feeding bears in Gatlinburg is illegal.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency gave the people a court appearance citation.
The TWRA said there is no alternative but to kill bears that have become too comfortable around humans.