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Another Bear Sighting in Edgefield

web posted July 16, 2014

EDGEFIELD Edgefield Police responded to a call of another bear sighting in the town, the second in just over a week, and in the same vicinity. Police got the call just before 6:30 Monday morning saying the bear was in the vicinity of Coral and Gary Streets and Augusta Road. The caller did not state if the bear was full grown or one of the two young bears spotted last week nearby.

When the officer arrived in the area the bear was not able to be located, which is often the case. The area was patrolled for a while and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was notified of the sighting.

This is the third sighting in the town since January and the second in just over a week. On Sunday, July 6, a woman reported her children running inside telling her they spotted two baby bears in the bottom land near the trestle.

A Brooks Street man captured a bear on a trail cam placed at the edge of the woods behind his home in January.

If you see a bear you should report it to police and never attempt to get close to the animal. Though they generally forage for food, such as dog food left out for pets or through garbage cans and seem harmless, they can show their wild side if they feel threatened.

Another sighting in the town took place in July of 2007.

Edgefield Daily has reported on a number of sighting around the county over the past 10 years. DNR officials confirm bears are roaming the county, however; have never given possible population numbers. Most bear sightings are reported in the western and southern parts of the county.

The photo used above is from another report in 2014 in the Merriwether/Westside area.






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