A black bear was spotted in the Rock Hill area Wednesday, and the York County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to be on the lookout for the animal and not to approach it if they see it.
The bear was spotted southeast of the city, along Interstate 77 near Porter Road, said Trent Faris, Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
A deputy responded. The bear was seen running into the woods on video released by the Sheriff’s Office.
Faris said residents are urged not to go looking for the bear and not to approach it if they see it.
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Bears are uncommon in York County. But officials with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources told The Herald’s news partner, WSOC-TV, they are getting reports of more sightings in Chester, Chesterfield and York counties as the bear population grows.
Officials said if you see a bear in your yard, remove dog food, bird feed, grease from your grill and any kind of food source that can attract them.
The bears are looking for blackberries this time of year, according to the Natural Resources department.
Teddy Kulmala • 803-329-4082