DNR officials capture black bear

(Source: Lou Martino)
(Source: Lou Martino)

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A black bear that caused a bit of a stir Thursday afternoon by wandering through a Myrtle Beach residential area has been captured.

According to authorities on the scene, the 1-year-old black bear was discovered around 11 a.m. Myrtle Beach Police and officials from the SC Department of Natural Resources tried to capture the animal before it climbed a tree and went to sleep in the 700 block of 62nd Avenue North.

The bear was found in the backyard of Paul Johnson's home. Johnson says he was forced to stay inside during the entire ordeal.

"Police came to the door. [They said,] 'Don't come out the door. They got a bear in the backyard,'" Johnson said. "Oh my lord! That is the first time this has happened in all the years we've lived here."

Authorities were able to get the bear out of the tree and get it into a cage around 1:45 p.m. It was released into the Lewis Ocean Bay Preserve.

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