One of the rare coastal bears in South Carolina was killed on a highway near Charleston

Bears are rare in the Charleston region of South Carolina, but evidence of bear presence was found when dead bears appeared in the Awendaw fishing village over the weekend.

The corpse was found along Highway 17 around 2 pm on Sunday, not far from the town’s post office, officials said. The town of about 1,300 people is located 30 miles northeast of Uptown Charleston.

It was discovered by a passerby who was soon joined by a state wildlife officer. In a statement from Awendaw-McClellanville Integrated Fire Department.

“The black bear was a male and was thought to be 3-4 years old,” the agency wrote. “This was a beautiful creature rarely seen in the area.”

South Carolina is home to about 1,000 black bears, most of which (about 700) live in the western part of the state, near the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains, officials said.

“The rest is thus in the lowlands south of Beaufort,” the fire department reported.

Investigators believe the bear was “attacked by a vehicle” Saturday night or early Sunday.. The department didn’t say if the driver reported a bear collision over the weekend, but the bear was big enough to cause damage.

Asiatic black bears grow on average £ 350 in South CarolinaHowever, a man as large as 600 pounds was found, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources reports. Their “life expectancy” in the wild is about 18 years.

The nearby state of North Carolina has a much higher population of bears, Over 11,000 bears Reported by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in the late 2000s.

The news of bear carcasses comes when the number of intense encounters with bears is increasing in the neighboring mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.

Sleeping A 16 year old girl was attacked On June 18, McClatchy News reported that a black bear was seriously injured in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Multiple campgrounds closed and Blue Ridge Parkway temporarily banned on parts of the Appalachia Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee Tent and soft side camper In some areas due to aggressive bears.

According to experts, bears are hungry looking for food and may associate the smell of camping with a potential diet.

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