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More bear sightings reported in Travelers Rest

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A black bear is spotted in the Upstate. (File/FOX Carolina) A black bear is spotted in the Upstate. (File/FOX Carolina)
TRAVELERS REST, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Evening along Cunningham Road is supposed to be peaceful, but most everyone here on this road knows wildlife can be a problem.

"I'd say travelers rest is where Greenville County meets nature," said Robert Godzinski, who lives on the road.

People here said living in nature is par for the course, animals and all.

"If you'll stand around here around 9:30 or 10 you'll always see some deer moving around on the forest boundary," said Godzinski. "Turkeys during turkey season will move up along the property lines, we've had coyotes try to get in the chicken coop several times."

But when the animals rummage through human trash and food, that's a completely different situation altogether. And some on the road say that's been happening in the past week, and the culprit? They're pointing the blame at a bear.

"It's not unusual to see bears in public areas. It's unusual for them to stay there," said Tom Swayngham with the South Carolina Department of Resources.

Swayngham also said it's unusual for bears to be around this late in the year

"Bears normally aren't dangerous, they are attracted to food, and they're scared of people," said Swayngham.

Swayngham said they've had one other sighting since last week's discovery of a bear on the Swamp Rabbit Trail near downtown Traveler's Rest.

There's no word if the new sighting reported this week, or if it is the sighting that neighbors say happened along Cunningham Road, which is about three miles away from the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

SCDNR advises anyone that sees a bear should report it.

They also emphasize that it is illegal to feed a bear, and advise anyone with a pets and a bear problem to keep pets and pet food inside.

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