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Paris Mtn, other areas see return of bears with warmer weather

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A Paris Mountain resident's security camera caught this of a bear on April 1. (Source: Susan Bell) A Paris Mountain resident's security camera caught this of a bear on April 1. (Source: Susan Bell)
A Paris Mountain resident's security camera caught this of a bear on April 1. (Source: Susan Bell) A Paris Mountain resident's security camera caught this of a bear on April 1. (Source: Susan Bell)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

It is the time of year that bears begin to move again, and they have already become a nuisance in some Upstate neighborhoods, including on Paris Mountain.

Up on Paris Mountain, the view may be beautiful, but deep within the woods, many know what's roaming around. Resident Harold Stone said he's seen them for himself.

"I'd say he's the size of a full-grown bear," Stone said.

And even Stone's neighbor caught security camera footage of a bear within the past week. The motion-activated camera caught several clear shots of the bear bothering a bird feeder.

"It tore up some of my Leland Cypress and tore some of the limbs of my pear trees and apple trees," Stone said.

With the warmer weather of spring, the bears are hungry and looking for easy food sources. Wildlife experts said anyone with a bear problem needs be prepared and follow some simple tips to keep them away.

"Bird feeders and trash cans are the two issues we have across the Upstate," said Tammy Wactor with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. "It's not just Paris Mountain; it's across the Upstate."

Wactor said this is prime time for bear sightings, especially for bears to be rummaging. She said if they rummage too much, it can present a safety issue for both the bear and humans. Residents are reminded to keep any type of food inside.

"If a person doesn't do the right thing in a neighborhood, the whole neighborhood suffers," Wactor said.

The last thing DNR wants to do is kill a bear. But they also do not want to move them because wildlife experts say they will just come back. They say it is possible to live alongside them.

Additionally, wildlife officials said that people can only shoot a bear out of season and without a permit if it is a threat to your life or if it is trying to get into your home. Any other circumstance could be subject to criminal charges.

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