Oconee Co. Bear Cubs Found In Box Returned To Wild After 8 Month - WSPA.com

Oconee Co. Bear Cubs Found In Box Returned To Wild After 8 Months

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The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the siblings were released last week to the South Carolina mountains after spending the past eight months at Appalachian Bear Rescue, a private non-profit organization in Townsend, Tennessee. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the siblings were released last week to the South Carolina mountains after spending the past eight months at Appalachian Bear Rescue, a private non-profit organization in Townsend, Tennessee.
OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. -

Three black bears who were found abandoned in a cardboard box earlier this year in Oconee County have been returned to the wild.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the siblings were released last week to the South Carolina mountains after spending the past eight months at Appalachian Bear Rescue, a private non-profit organization in Townsend, Tennessee.

“This was absolutely the best outcome for these bears, for them to come back to South Carolina and be released into the wild,” said Richard Morton, black bear biologist for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. “Our best hope is never to hear from them again.”

The orphaned bears, known as Bennie, Jerry and Carrie, grew from 2.5 pounds when they were discovered to around 100 pounds. DNR officials say they have grown up with a minimum dependence on humans.

You can watch a video of their release by clicking here.

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