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Black bears raid Gaffney couples watermelon garden

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Bear eating watermelon. Bear eating watermelon.
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

In plain sight of cameras, next to a scarecrow, a few black bears made their way through a field full of watermelons, squash and corn.

One bear was actually caught red handed with a whole watermelon in it's mouth.

Frances Littlejohn owns the land in Gaffney with her husband.  She said their garden is on their hunting land about 10 minutes from their home. 

"A lot of food eaten and watermelons missing, when we looked at it, my husband said it had to be a bear," said Frances Littlejohn.

Littlejohn and her husband visit their garden once a week, two weeks ago they noticed a lack of fruit and vegetables and others that were chewed on and scratched. 

"He ate up all the watermelon, he came back and ate the rest of them squash and everything else in the garden," said Littlejohn.

She said they have a scarecrow because last year they had a problem with crows, but now they're onto bigger predators. The couple put out a camera to see who, or what, was taking and eating their food, when they looked back at the pictures, they saw big black bears. 

"We were very surprised because we didn't even know there were bears in Gaffney," said Littlejohn.

The Department of Natural Resources said it's highly common for bears to clear out a field of crops. They said it's a food source and when they come across one like the Littlejohns, they'll take advantage of it. The DNR recommend using fencing to keep them out or a device called a 'Critter Gitter' which scares animals away. 

"Pretty soon they'll be no food left and maybe he'll move on," said Littlejohn. 

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