USA — Wildlife officials say the recent wildfire in South Carolina may have also displaced some black bears, and they warn residents that the animals may come searching for food.
The state Department of Natural Resources estimates there are more than 200 bears in about 300,000 acres of habitat in Georgetown, Horry and Marion counties. Because roughly 80 percent of the Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve was hit hard by the fire, DNR biologists expect affected bears to roam in search of food.
The Lewis preserve will be closed until further notice as firefighters continue to mop-up smoldering areas.
The wildlife agency says there are no records of a bear harming a human in South Carolina.