Carolina Forest has a poo bear now.
Carl Nelson, who lives in Carolina Forest, took a photo of a bear pooping in his yard Wednesday evening. He said the dropping was close enough to the woods that after the bear left, he just knocked it into the forest.
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This is not the first time Nelson has seen bears on his property. He said he used to keep bird feeders near the wood, and a family of bears would stop by to get a snack.
Kayla Brantley, a wildlife biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, said bears are typically more active during their mating season.
For a bear, the prospect of finding leftover food from humans can drive them to hop fences or get close to homes. Once the bear finds a snack in a yard, they might return to try their luck again, potentially forming a habit. Brantley said it is important to identify and remove potential bear attractants on your property.
Nelson moved his bird feeders, but said he doesn’t see the bear as a big threat.
“They’re cute, they’re very shy,” he said.