New reports of bear sightings today in Columbia County

Friday, June 19, 2009 11:45 AM
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Columbia County authorities are receiving new reports today of the wandering black bear that has toured the area since Monday.

Shortly before noon, two calls to emergency officials reported seeing the bear in the vicinity of Old Washington Road and Clanton Road.

Shortly after 11 a.m., callers to the Sheriff’s Office reported seeing the bear near Mitchell Lane, off Riverwood Parkway, said Pam Tucker, the county’s emergency services director.

The bear, which biologists say is a 2-year-old male wandering in search of new territory, should be left alone to continue its journey, she said.

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BOBO
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BOBO 06/19/09 - 11:52 am
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Leave the Bear alone... Pam

Leave the Bear alone... Pam how many stories can you beat out of this. I have a herd of deer in my yard all of the time that is not news it is nature.. Let DNR handle it...

Run Yogi RUN!!!!!

mrlonglelgs
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mrlonglelgs 06/19/09 - 11:59 am
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That's right leave it alone

That's right leave it alone until it kills someones pet or a small
child in it's search for food. Track it , net it, relocate it.
Oh wait no DNR funds left.

zigzag
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zigzag 06/19/09 - 12:03 pm
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Between Pam Tucker and Bob

Between Pam Tucker and Bob Smith on TV, I can't think of 2 more annoying people during a storm! Yeah, we get it Bob! We see the lightning! Now, can we get back to NCIS?

JohnBoy53
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JohnBoy53 06/19/09 - 12:03 pm
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I can't bear to hear anymore

I can't bear to hear anymore about this!!! GAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!

HHSgrad
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HHSgrad 06/19/09 - 12:14 pm
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all this is unbearable -

all this is unbearable - leave him alone or catch him already!!! geez!!!!!

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 06/19/09 - 12:18 pm
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We got Bear Neccities

We got Bear Neccities

Opinionated1234
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Opinionated1234 06/19/09 - 12:28 pm
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I agree with mrlonglelgs.

I agree with mrlonglelgs. Until this bear attacks a child or an adult, I guess that will be deciding factor of whether he should be moved out of the area. DNR better be glad that I live in the city limits of Columbia because I lived in the country parts of Columbia County and this bear "wanders" into my yard. He'd be one DEAD animal. Who is calling the shots about this situation? It's obvious that this bear is not moving fast enough out of the area. It's been five days already. DNR get off your lazy butts and take this bear to his new territory.

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crackertroy 06/19/09 - 12:35 pm
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He's b-a-a-ack! I knew he
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He's b-a-a-ack! I knew he wouldn't leave us. It's a bear market people, this bear is a sign from God. We need to choose a name for him (or her) -and soon.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/19/09 - 12:43 pm
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Bunch of city slickers scared

Bunch of city slickers scared of a little bear. I would worry more about walking up on a wild hog. A hog will charge right at you Knock you down and gnaw your guts out. BTW there are hundreds of wild hogs roaming through Columbia county he he he.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 06/19/09 - 12:45 pm
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I'm sure the poor thing is

I'm sure the poor thing is moving as fast as it can, Opinionated. It'd be pretty hard to find your way out of the middle of Columbia county w/o a map while avoiding dogs, cars, people, fences, interstates and highways...not to mention swimming rivers and creeks as needed, trying to find enough food and water to live on, and safe places to sleep and avoid the area storms (I'm pretty sure bears are just as susceptible to being struck by lightening as humans)...

HillGuy
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HillGuy 06/19/09 - 12:46 pm
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This reminds me when the wild

This reminds me when the wild boar was running around in Columbia County.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/19/09 - 12:51 pm
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Not to forget Coyotes,

Not to forget Coyotes, copperheads, rattle snakes, cotton mouths, and a Deer will beat the heck out of a dog or small child also. Rabid coons, possums,bats, and foxes are also out there.

Opinionated1234
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Opinionated1234 06/19/09 - 12:51 pm
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Emergencyfan, who cares? I

Emergencyfan, who cares? I want the black bear dead or gone. And, Trey1874, lets see how you feel when its one of your family members that he attacks or kills.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/19/09 - 12:53 pm
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I have been roaming these

I have been roaming these woods all my life from Martinez to Thomson, I am still alive.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/19/09 - 12:55 pm
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Kill the bear and feed the

Kill the bear and feed the homeless. Simple productive solution.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/19/09 - 12:55 pm
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Opinionated1234 maybe you

Opinionated1234 maybe you should move to a concrete forest.

Onthebeach
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Onthebeach 06/19/09 - 12:58 pm
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Give the bear a

Give the bear a break......Like emergency said, he is probably moving as fast as he can without running into trigger happy settlers.....

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/19/09 - 01:01 pm
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psl821, they are scared of

psl821, they are scared of guns also.

Nammy3
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Nammy3 06/19/09 - 01:03 pm
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Poor thing.......just let him

Poor thing.......just let him be. But keep a close enough eye on him to keep him from eating small dogs or a child. With today's tracking systems, how hard can that be? And so many people watching........

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TCB22 06/19/09 - 01:06 pm
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What a bunch of hysterics you

What a bunch of hysterics you all are. I don't see anywhere in the article where anyone "bothering" the bear, but rather trying to let people know where he is. If you are so very traumatized by reading about it, don't click on any articles with the word "bear" in it. Geeez!

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/19/09 - 01:09 pm
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I was laughing at the

I was laughing at the hysterics last night when the power was out here in CC for about 10 hrs. Just a camping trip at home to me.

Don KING
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Don KING 06/19/09 - 01:19 pm
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"Tucker" the bear!!! what

"Tucker" the bear!!! what a great PR opportunity! Where can I get a BEAR-A -palooza 2009 t-shirt?

Edward1968
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Edward1968 06/19/09 - 01:35 pm
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OJ in the white Bronco didn't

OJ in the white Bronco didn't get this must coverage.

Opinionated1234
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Opinionated1234 06/19/09 - 01:38 pm
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Trey1874, everybody's luck

Trey1874, everybody's luck runs out eventually. So just keep right on roaming those woods and maybe you should build a house in the forrest where you roam.

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shamrock 06/19/09 - 01:44 pm
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Let's hope the bear moves

Let's hope the bear moves into Richmond or McDuffie County ... or even Carolina soon ... tired of seeing Pam "never had an original idea in her life" Tucker blabbing on TV with that stupid Star Trek gizmo hanging from her ear. She knows little enough about EMA ... and even less about bears (other than they carry a Readers Digest to the woods).

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/19/09 - 01:46 pm
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Opinionated1234 if that is

Opinionated1234 if that is where die then I would die a happy man. I forgot to mention the black widows, brown recluse, gators, and of course the Lizard Man who eats only carpet baggers.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/19/09 - 01:50 pm
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Opinionated1234 do you really

Opinionated1234 do you really think the woods is a death trap?

mad_max
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mad_max 06/19/09 - 01:52 pm
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I'd rather have the bear

I'd rather have the bear instead of these damned coyotes loping through my yard. They scare me a little because they seem to look at me like they are trying to decide if I am dinner sized or not.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/19/09 - 01:59 pm
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I don't care what DNR says

I don't care what DNR says bears stay around. I see their tracks from time to time around the creek bottoms. They just learn to stay out of human sight.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/19/09 - 02:04 pm
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The first time I herd Coyotes

The first time I herd Coyotes scared the hell out of me. It sounded like Ned Beatty squealing like a pig.

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