Bear crossing sign erected at Furman University after 2 recent sightings


A new sign is warning students and visitors at Furman University that they may see bears on campus.

Brad Bechtold, the Executive Director for Continuing Education said he hung a bear crossing sign on a tree outside the Herring Center, where he had seen a bear twice within a two-week span.

Bechtold said the latest sighting was on Thursday afternoon near the Herring Center and Timmons Arena, which if off Duncan Chapel Road near the back of the campus. The bear traveled from that area to the conference center and then toward the athletic fields.

Bechtold said the bear is estimated to be at least 6’5” tall and 300 pounds or more.

After the sightings, Bechtold said he and a co-worker went around warning people that a bear was on campus.

Bechtold said it’s important for students and visitors to know not to approach or feed the bears and to call public safety at 864-294-2111 if a bear is seen on campus.

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