Three bear cubs that were found on the side of the road in Oconee County earlier in 2013 have been released back into the wild.
The bears, named Bennie, Jerry and Carrie, spent the last eight months at a bear rescue facility in Tennessee before they were released last week.
"This was absolutely the best outcome for these bears, for them to come back to South Carolina and be released into the wild," said Richard Morton, black bear biologist for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. "Our best hope is never to hear from them again."
Firefighter Brandon Poole found the bears while he and his family were traveling along a road in Oconee County in February when they noticed the box alongside the road with the trio of cubs.
Bennie and Jerry were taken to Appalachian Bear Rescue soon after they were found, but Carrie was taken to Charles Towne Landing in Charleston for extra care before she was reunited with her brothers in Tennessee.
The bears were tagged for future identification before their release.
The DNR said the two male bears weighed 105 and 114 pounds, and Carrie weighed 90 pounds at the time of their release.
Copyright 2013 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Bear cubs found on side of road released into wildMore>>
Sunday, July 27 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:15:51 GMT
Authorities say a father was killed and his daughter seriously injured while walking on the sand when a small plane crash landed along Florida's Gulf Coast near Venice Beach.More >>
A father was killed and his 9-year-old daughter critically injured Sunday while walking along a Florida beach when a small plane crash landed on the Gulf Coast only feet from the surf, authorities said.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:54:28 GMT
Authorities now say 14 people - including a 15-year-old - have been struck by lightning during rare summer thunderstorms that have swept through Southern California, injuring two critically.More >>
A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.More >>
725 S. Floyd Street
Louisville, KY 40203