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May 1, 2012

DNR offers guidelines for dealing with bears/report a sighting on the web

Biologists with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) report increased bear activity throughout the state. The warm weather has the animals moving this spring. While you may be excited about seeing a bear, please remember they are wild animals and should be respected. Black bears are usually shy, evasive and non-aggressive toward people. There has never been a human fatality or even an attack attributed to a black bear in South Carolina.

Bears have been spotted in 45 of 46 counties (Bamberg County has no confirmed sightings). If you see a bear and would like to report a sighting, please use the new web-based reporting form. Sightings are recorded and used to aid in black bear management.

The mere presence of a black bear does not necessarily represent a problem. Most are just passing through, but if there is an easy meal to be found, they will take advantage of it. The key to dealing with wandering bears is not giving them a reason to hang around. Removing anything that would attract bears from your residence will greatly reduce any bear issues.

DNR offers these common sense suggestions to cope with bears:


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