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Upstate woman warns neighbors after spotting 5 black bears on front porch

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Five black bears spotted in Farm Lake neighborhood. (Credit: Debra Patrick) Five black bears spotted in Farm Lake neighborhood. (Credit: Debra Patrick)

A resident in a neighborhood in Boiling Springs looked out onto her front porch to find not one, not two, but five black bears just hanging out.

Debra Patrick said she snapped a few photos of the bears while standing in the comfort of her home. She said she wanted to warn other residents in Farm Lake to keep their animals inside as well.

Patrick said she contacted the Department of Natural Resources about the sighting, but they advised her to just let the bears be.

FOX Carolina caught up with Patrick's husband, David, Monday morning. He said it was a scary sight to see. 

"They sit here and eat the sunflower seeds for about 5 minutes and then one scurried up that tree right there," said David.

He said from safe inside his home, he shooed off the four or five cubs and their mama.

"I just cracked the window and said 'hey' and they just ignored me at first and then I cut the side lights on and I guess that kind of spooked them and they took off," said David.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist, Mark Carroll, told FOX Carolina over the phone he's heard reports of at least 7 or 8 bear sightings around Boiling Springs and Inman in recent days.

Caroll said the best way to keep bears away is keep food and garbage out of reach outside. He encouraged residents to keep garbage in a carport or outbuilding, haul it off frequently if it's not picked up, pick up pet food if you feed outside, and get rid of bird feeders. 

"They're usually hung within a reachable distance off the ground for the bears. They just think it's a great little snack I would compare it to a Tootsie Roll for us," said Carroll.

Carroll also reminded residents, it's illegal to shoot a bear in South Carolina unless it's in self defense. He also added, the bears spotted are typically just as afraid of us as we are of them and if you leave them be they'll typically leave on their own. 

SC DNR puts out a homeowner's guide to living with bears. You can access that link, by clicking here.

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