A huge bear spotted near the houses in Landrum

                A man upstate was shocked this week to see a huge black bear roaming near his home.  Zach Clady told WYFF News 4 that he's seen and taken photos of "what might be the largest hind bear in the state."  He said the ground encounter occurred Thursday morning off Highway 11 in Landrum.  When asked if he had taken any video of the huge animal, Clardie said, “Honestly, I was in shock that I didn't think (even) to take the photos.” Clardy said he sent the photos to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to warn them that a giant bear had been taken. seen in the area.  When responding to the photos, DNR's Greg Lucas said, "It's really big!" He said he showed them the bear experts he works with and is waiting to hear about an estimate of their weight and comparison to other bears in the state, Lucas also noted some valuable information on the bears available on the website. bearwise.org.  The site says September is the time when bears "go for overeating."  “Bears go into hypereating in September and may forage for up to 20 hours a day,” according to the site.  “Berries, nuts, and acorns are important foods for a hibernating bear. Bears can gain anywhere from 2 to 3 pounds a day. Even bears that aren’t hibernating eat as if they were going to. Mothers who will look for a good den for calving and nursery.”  The site introduced six "BearWise" home essentials: Never feed or approach bears - deliberately feeding bears or letting them find anything that smells or tastes like food teaches bears to approach homes and people looking for more.  Food and food smells attract bears, so don't reward them with readily available food, liquids, or litter.  Remove bird feeders when bears are active Bird seeds and grain contain a lot of calories, so they are very attractive to bears.  Removing feeders is the best way to avoid conflicts with bears.  Never leave pet food outside Feed pets indoors when possible.  If you must feed pets outside, feed them in individual portions and remove bowls afterward.  Store pet food where bears cannot see or smell it.  Cleaning and storing the grills Clean the grills after each use and be sure to remove all grease, fat and food particles.  Store clean grills and smokers in a safe area that prevents blisters.  Alert neighbors to tolerate activity Do you see bears in the area or evidence of bear activity?  Tell your neighbors and share information about how to avoid bear conflicts.
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                <strong class="dateline">Landrum, South Carolina -</strong>                                             <p>A man in the state was shocked this week to see a huge black bear roaming near his home.

Zach Clady told WYFF News 4 that he’s seen and taken pictures of “what might be the largest hind bear in the state.”

He said the ground encounter occurred Thursday morning off Highway 11 in Landrum.

When asked if he had taken any video of the giant animal, Clardie said, “Honestly, I was so in shock that I didn’t even think about (even) taking pictures.”

Clardy said he sent the photos to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to warn them that a giant bear had been seen in the area.

When responding to the photos, DNR’s Greg Lucas said, “It’s really big!” He said he showed them to the bear experts he works with and is waiting to hear back about an estimate of the weight and comparison to other bears in the state.

Lucas also points out some valuable information about bears, available at bearwise.org.

The site says September is when the bears “go for food super fast.”

The site stated that “bears enter hypereating in September and may search for food for up to 20 hours a day.” “Berries, nuts, and acorns are important foods for a hibernating bear. Bears can gain anywhere from 2 to 3 pounds a day. Even bears that aren’t hibernating eat as if they were going to. Mothers who will look for a good den for labor and nursery.”

The site introduced six in-home “BearWise” essentials:

Never feed or approach bears

Deliberately feeding bears or allowing them to find anything that smells or tastes like food teaches bears to approach homes and people who are looking for more.

Securing food, garbage and recycling

Food and food smells attract bears, so don’t reward them with readily available food, liquids, or litter.

Remove bird feeders when bears are active

Bird seeds and grains contain a lot of calories, so they are very attractive to bears. Removing feeders is the best way to avoid conflicts with bears.

Never leave pet food outside

Feed the pet indoors when possible. If you must feed pets outside, feed them in individual portions and remove bowls afterward. Store pet food where bears cannot see or smell it.

Cleaning and storing grills

Clean the grills after each use and be sure to remove all grease, fat and food particles. Store clean grills and smokers in a safe area that prevents blisters.

Alert neighbors to tolerate activity

Seeing bears in the area or evidence of bear activity? Tell your neighbors and share information about how to avoid bear conflicts.

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