A bear made a beeline for a Pickens County picnic table and swiped a family’s lunch, and all of it was caught on camera, Channel 2 Action News reported.
The large female black bear can be seen climbing onto the picnic table and grabbing a package of hot dogs buns at the Big Canoe community in Jasper, the video obtained by Channel 2 shows.
The family was unable to scare the bear off, Channel 2 reported.
“(The bear is) not afraid of people, so the last thing I want is a child sitting there eating a sandwich, and the bear decides he wanted that sandwich first,” community General Manager Jill Philmon told the news station.
The bear turned out to be a mother with three little cubs nearby. State wildlife biologists told Channel 2 the bears have “probably been fed” by people or have gotten used to eating out of the residents’ trash cans.
The Department of Natural Resources told the news station they have set some traps to attempt to catch the bears if they continue to return for food.
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