A black bear cub was spotted several times Thursday in Fountain Inn according to a post on the city’s Facebook page.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources estimates this bear cub is approximately one-year-old. Those officials believe the cub has been turned loose by the mother bear to live on its own.
The city is asking Fountain Inn residents not to try to find, harass or feed bears. SCDNR says bears are looking for food and will move on quickly if they can’t find a source.
City leaders are asking residents to put garbage cans and dumpsters indoors or locked them. Bird feeders and pet food left outdoors can also attract bears.
If you come across a bear, the advice is to bang pots, sound an air horn or make other loud noises to scare the animal away. Any bear sightings should be reported to (864) 986-6241.
The city also wants to remind everyone that there is a $10,000 find for shooting and killing a bear out of season. It’s also illegal to shoot a firearm in the Fountain Inn city limits.