A bear that climbed a tree near the Tanger Factory Outlets on Tuesday has been returned to an Horry County wildlife management area.
Officials had to tranquilize the male bear to remove it from the tree safely, said Sgt. Darrin Hayes with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The bear was relocated to a 10,000-acre tract of land adjacent to International Drive.
The bear was reported in the backyard of a home in the Emerald Lakes subdivision.
Male bears are often spotted throughout Carolina Forest and Carolina Bays this time of year as they forage for food, which is more scarce because of a lack of rain in the area, DNR wildlife biologist Jamie Dozier said.
There have been 10 bear sightings in Horry and Georgetown counties so far in June, Dozier said. May had 29 reported sightings.