MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The hunt is on. For the next two weeks black bears are fair game in our area.
Bear hunting hasn't been allowed in our area since the 1950's. However, the Dept. of Natural Resources says there are now too many of them so it reinstated the black bear hunting season.
So, if we need to thin the bear herd then why do we need to spend millions on bear crossings?
The DNR is requiring Horry County to install bear crossings and fencing along International Drive to protect the bears in the Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve. And guess who's picking up the tab? We are. Rather than going to additional road improvements, millions of dollars from the Riding on a Penny campaign are now going to build bear crossings.
The DNR needs to reconsider the request. If we can have a bear hunt then we don't need to waste money on bear crossings.