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Officials work to remove bear from Grand Strand neighborhood

Bear leads officials on chase through Garden City neighborhood

A bear was sighted early Friday morning on the South Strand. Eventually it climbed a tree in Garden City, where officials worked Friday afternoon to remove the bear and relocate it to a rural, safe area.
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A bear was sighted early Friday morning on the South Strand. Eventually it climbed a tree in Garden City, where officials worked Friday afternoon to remove the bear and relocate it to a rural, safe area.

Officials with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources successfully removed a bear from a Garden City neighborhood Friday afternoon, but the catch wasn’t without some theatrics.

The bear was first spotted around the area Friday morning and eventually climbed up a sweet gum tree about 100 feet off the ground.

Officials had to wait a couple of hours for a utility truck to arrive from Horry Electric Cooperative in order to reach the bear. The plan was to tranquilize the animal, capture it and relocate it.

Instead, after two rounds of tranquilizers were shot towards the bear, it climbed down the tree and went on a five-minute trot through the Pirate Cove Mobile Home Park.

SCDNR officials eventually shot off another round of tranquilizers and captured the bear. It was wrapped up and secured in a cage.

SCDNR had Monk Square and Lafrance Drive blocked off for several hours. Residents were advised to stay inside but several were outside watching as the event took place, eventually applauding officials once the bear went down.

Now that the bear is captured, it will be released on rural land located on SCDNR property, according to officials on the scene.

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