Watch: Cleveland, Tenn. church doorbell cam bears witness to cub's late night visit

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Image via Ring doorbell video provided by Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Churches are always on the hunt for new members to join their congregations.

One church in Cleveland Tennessee recently got an unexpected visit from one potential parishioner.

Trinity Presbyterian Church on Stuart Road NE says its Ring doorbell camera was working properly when it recently captured a visit from a curious bear cub.

The cub walks up to the church's entrance, sniffs a little at the door, and then goes on its way.

Church member Deanna Peck provided the video to WTVC with permission from the church's two pastors.

"Since he wasn't wearing a mask, he was not allowed in.," Peck jokes in her message.

Bears are becoming a more common sight in Cleveland, as the summer months begin and younger bears begin to explore and expand their territory.

A June 6th post by the Bradley County Sheriff's Office lists several locations where bears been spotted -- all of them cubs.

The post says "BEAR ALERT — There have been three reports of bear cubs in the Cleveland area at the following places:

  1. Mouse Creek Road at Apache trail was the first sighting (around 11:30am)
  2. 5600 block of Mouse Creek Road was second sighting (around 5:30pm)
  3. 2300 block of Rolling Brook Drive was third sighting (around 6:30pm)

All reports were of baby bear cubs. Only citizen sighting, police had no contact with the bears. If you see anything, please let us know!"

You should never approach a young bear, or take any action that would get the attention of the bear's mother.

If you see a bear, get to safety immediately -- before you get out your phone to take a photo or video.