"I came and was going to pay my light bill, and they said they saw a bear up that tree," said Roy Pratt, one of the bystanders. "So, I went and looked, and I saw it pretty close up."
Carol Baker said she had also arrived to pay her bill, but stopped to look at the fuzzy spectacle since she had never seen a bear in the wild before. When asked if she thought the animal would scale down the tree on its own:
"I don't think so," Baker said as she laughed. "I've talked to him and begged him, and he pays no attention to me."
A spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources said the nearly 2-year-old bear was likely kicked out of its den by its mother, which is typical for this time of year.
The spokesman said the nearly 100-pound bear was tranquilized and will be relocated to its natural habitat in the mountains of Pickens County.
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