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Bear Captured on Trail-Cam in Edgefield

web posted January 15, 2014

EDGEFIELD Reports of black bears in Edgefield County are nothing new. Edgefield Daily has reported on sightings dating back to 2007, and witnessed one first hand in 1999 in Merriwether. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) admit the bears are here, but no one has said how prevalent they are. Most of the reports of bear sightings come from the southern and western side of the county. The latest was in the Town of Edgefield, and a photo purports to prove it.

An Edgefield man recently placed a trail-cam behind his house on Brooks Street and when he checked to see what the camera had captured he found a picture of what many say is a large black bear. The date and time stamp on the photo says January 9 at 8 am, although Edgefield Daily cannot confirm the date and time were correctly set on the camera.

Edgefield Daily contacted a wildlife expert to view the photo and confirm the image captured is, in fact, a black bear. "It definitely has all the characteristics of a bear," including the distinctive hump above the shoulder he said, "but I can't say definitively that it's a bear. I also can't say that it's not a bear." He also stated that it would not surprise him that a bear, or bears, are in the area surrounding the town.

This is not the first time a bear has been reported in the town. In July of 2007 a caller to 911 reported a large black bear in their back yard of their Maple Ave. home, bringing Edgefield Police and Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies to the scene. Before officers could arrive the bear ran off and was unable to be located.

Maple Avenue is not far from Brooks Street.


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