Bear on the move again in Columbia County

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 11:41 AM
Last updated Wednesday, June 17, 2009 8:05 AM
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A wandering black bear that toured several Columbia County subdivisions Monday was on the move again today.

"We've just gotten a report from Ron Jones that it was seen behind the Columbia County School of Ballet," said Pam Tucker, the county's Emergency Services director.

The ballet school, in the 600 block of Fury's Ferry Road, is in the general vicinity of where the animal was seen Monday by numerous residents. The bear passed the school around 11:20 a.m.

Wildlife authorities say the bear is probably a male weighing about 150 pounds and probably 2 years old. Such bears commonly wander portions of the state outside their normal habitat range in late spring and early summer in an instinctive search for new companions.

If the bear is left alone, it will continue to move and eventually will leave the area, Mrs. Tucker said.

"Right now it looks like it's moving in the right direction," she said, noting that the bear might be able to cross the Savannah River. "If it could get across the river he'd be in Sumter National Forest," she said.

Anyone seeing the bear should simply leave it alone, she said.

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Bear spotted

In an effort to keep the public aware of the locations of bear sightings so his whereabouts are known:

10:59 a.m. – The bear was seen by Ron Jones, Columbia County School of Ballet, walking across their yard and into the woods at 639 Furys Ferry Road.

11 a.m. - The bear was seen at 11:00 a.m. crossing Furys Ferry Road into Jones Creek by Grainger salesman Steve Hair

11:19 a.m. – A citizen reported seeing the bear run across Furys Ferry Road and back into the woods near Earth Fare.

1:03 P.M. -- At 644 Kemper Drive in Saint Andrews behind Lakeside High School.

Please use caution while driving in this area.

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americafirst
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americafirst 06/16/09 - 11:49 am
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Go bear! Go!!

Go bear! Go!!

Edward1968
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Edward1968 06/16/09 - 12:00 pm
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Bear Tour 2009!!!

Bear Tour 2009!!!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/16/09 - 12:13 pm
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Bearpalooza 09!

Bearpalooza 09!

whyme
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whyme 06/16/09 - 12:24 pm
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Don't forget the Right to Arm

Don't forget the Right to Arm Bears!

elm1026
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elm1026 06/16/09 - 12:42 pm
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This is unbearable to watch!

This is unbearable to watch! no not really:)

georgiasouthern
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georgiasouthern 06/16/09 - 12:42 pm
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Why not let the bear settle

Why not let the bear settle in the Clarks Hill Lake area. There are several state parks there and that would be an awesome site to see during a hike or mountain bike ride.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 06/16/09 - 12:53 pm
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show the bear the way to the

show the bear the way to the augusta mall to see if he can get rid of the trash!!!

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 06/16/09 - 01:01 pm
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He's probably wandering

He's probably wandering around waiting for Pam Tucker to tell him what he's supposed do next.

joeuser
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joeuser 06/16/09 - 01:44 pm
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Hey, I know...we can have the

Hey, I know...we can have the city buy the Regency Mall property and start a zoo (along with the lake they'll create) - with its first occupant being a bear - and sell waterfront / zoofront properties. Imagine how much money the city will make. They can even take $37,000 and advertise the properties in Atlanta newspapers and magazines. Of...I forgot...we already have had a zoo down at the Coliseum for the past 30 years...oh well...

dashiel
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dashiel 06/16/09 - 02:04 pm
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Sounds like this bear might

Sounds like this bear might think he can dance. Maybe he dropped by the school to register for Summer Hip-Hop classes.

justsaying
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justsaying 06/16/09 - 02:59 pm
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just saw him in the drive

just saw him in the drive thru at Taco Bell...wait...no just a dawg fan...

BOBO
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BOBO 06/16/09 - 03:10 pm
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Just saw him with elvis and

Just saw him with elvis and big foot at Carson Cut Off Swimming in the creek.

oldenuff2nobetter
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oldenuff2nobetter 06/16/09 - 03:12 pm
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Hey! Hey! Hey! How about a

Hey! Hey! Hey! How about a few picka nick baskets?

oldenuff2nobetter
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oldenuff2nobetter 06/16/09 - 03:13 pm
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Gee, Yogi!

Gee, Yogi!

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 06/16/09 - 03:15 pm
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I hope this bear story has a

I hope this bear story has a happy ending. He's in a populated area with lots of motorists and he could possibly be hit by a car or get agitated and attack someone and have to be brought down by police as a danger to the population. Go on bear, find you way home!

Don KING
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Don KING 06/16/09 - 03:19 pm
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I heard the bear is in town

I heard the bear is in town to vote against SPLOST!

oldenuff2nobetter
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oldenuff2nobetter 06/16/09 - 03:20 pm
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He bearly made it in time.

He bearly made it in time.

oldenuff2nobetter
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oldenuff2nobetter 06/16/09 - 03:24 pm
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Give the Bear a few peanut

Give the Bear a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

oldenuff2nobetter
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oldenuff2nobetter 06/16/09 - 03:27 pm
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Just grin and bear it.

Just grin and bear it.

lady_alessandra
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lady_alessandra 06/16/09 - 07:09 pm
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No updates since 1 p.m. Where

No updates since 1 p.m. Where is he now?

YellowHammer
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YellowHammer 06/16/09 - 07:54 pm
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Bubba put a 168 grain

Bubba put a 168 grain ballistic tip .308 through his head a little after 2. Story over.

tmoh001
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tmoh001 06/16/09 - 07:55 pm
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I can bearly contain myself

I can bearly contain myself because there has been no update for hours.

Nammy3
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Nammy3 06/16/09 - 08:44 pm
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Ya'll keep crackin' me up! I

Ya'll keep crackin' me up! I can't bear it any longer....

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tazkarz 06/16/09 - 09:19 pm
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i wish the cute bear luck

i wish the cute bear luck dont bother it it wont bother you

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ironpurps 06/16/09 - 10:15 pm
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I can't 'bear' any more of

I can't 'bear' any more of this!

AAQueen
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AAQueen 06/17/09 - 03:28 pm
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We're joking but they really

We're joking but they really need to get a handle on this before some foolish person try to capture it.

Ole School
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Ole School 07/25/09 - 11:25 pm
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can you people PLEASE just

can you people PLEASE just stick to the BEAR facts ! LOL.... I mean all of these little smart remarks are just.......UNBEARABLE

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