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Bears prowl The Farm section of Carolina Forest Boulevard

Neighborhood along Carolina Forest Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Source: Ruby Durham Neighborhood along Carolina Forest Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Source: Ruby Durham

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Bear sightings in Carolina Forest have prompted one community to alert its residents.

There are no pictures of the bear after one person living in the Farms section of Carolina Forest spotted one, but other homeowners received a letter from the Homeowners Association warning residents about the animals.

The Department of Natural Resources encourages waiting until morning to put garbage out because unsecured cans overnight can be an invitation to a hungry bear.

Experts say bears may charge when threatened or concerned, so if you come across a bear, remain calm and never run - just slowly back away. It is also a good idea to never make eye contact.

One homeowner who lives in The Farm said he believes the report is credible because with all of the woods surrounding the area, it isn't hard to believe a bear walked through their community without leaving tracks.

"They’re building all these new homes here, and they've had a few fires here, too. That hasn't made matters worse, and that’s displacing the animals,” homeowner Mike Ryan said. “I myself haven’t seen the bears, but quite a few people have actually seen them. All I have to say is you have to live and let live."

The Department of Natural Resources said bears usually roam in packs but don't stay in the same area for long.

A DNR biologists said black bear attacks are rare, but if a bear does attack, fight back.

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