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Reader Shares Bear Photos from Merriwether Area

web posted January 18, 2014

MERRIWETHER As comments in the Wandering Minds continue to debate the photo of a bear captured on a trail-cam in Edgefield earlier this month, another reader sent in photos of a bear they captured on camera in May or June of last year behind their house off Martintown Road. The location is on the border of the Merriwether and Westside area. We again turned to our wildlife expert who said definitively, "There's no question, that's a bear."

The other two photos are blurry, but leave no doubt the animal photographed is a bear.

Our expert also recounted being called to a location on Delaughter Drive in Merriwether some time ago after a man's elevated rabbit pen had been destroyed, leaving the rabbits missing and a large bag of dog food in the garage torn apart and partially eaten. The large animal responsible for the carnage, he said, cut his paw while tearing apart the rabbit pen and left a distinctive bloody footprint in the garage, proving it was a bear.

The man taking the photographs requested to remain anonymous and only wanted to share the photos to offer proof there were bears in Edgefield County. "I just thought it was kind of neat and shared them with family and friends (at the time)," he said.

He said he was alerted to the bear when his Beagles in their pens began barking constantly. When he looked outside the bear was in his trash and he grabbed his camera. He was able to take three pictures before the bear saw him and ran off. He has not seen the bear since.

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