Information regarding bear baying/baiting
Humane Society-South Carolina recognizes DNR Law Enforcement on bear baiting
The Humane Society of the United States - South Carolina recognized S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Col. Chisolm Frampton with the Humane Law Enforcement Award at a brief ceremony on the State House grounds on February 25, 2014. The award was to recognize the efforts of DNR Law Enforcement to end the practice of animal cruelty through bear baiting/baying in South Carolina.
"A four-year-long investigation like this takes focused dedication from our officers, "said Col. Frampton. "And I especially want to thank the Attorney General's office in their assistance from day one. They were instrumental in making these cases."
The removal and relocation of six captive bears in late 2013 was the result of a four-year-long undercover investigation by DNR Law Enforcement into bear baying/baiting in South Carolina. DNR Law Enforcement officers made in excess of 50 arrests on related charges in conjunction with the state Attorney General's office. DNR continues to investigate illegal black bear activities such as bear baying/baiting, illegal hunting and running of bears in pens.
DNR does not consider bear baying/baiting a legitimate field trial and has never issued and will not issue permits for this activity. DNR also does not consider the possession of black bears by individuals to be biologically sound, safe for the local community, or in the best long-term interest of the wild black bear resource.
Please know that S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) does not consider bear baying/baiting a legitimate field trial and has never issued and will not issue permits for this activity.
As required by SC law, the only captive bears the SCDNR has permitted are those that were in captivity before January 1, 2006, and for which owners provided proof of possession prior to that date. No additional permits will be or have been issued for the captive possession of black bears in South Carolina, other than those legally possessed in another state and brought into South Carolina for temporary exhibition.
SCDNR does not consider the possession of black bears by individuals to be biologically sound, safe for the local community, or in the best long-term interest of the wild black bear resource. No further reproduction of captive black bears will be allowed in South Carolina.
In 2008, the South Carolina Attorney General issued an opinion that it is possible for bear baying/baiting to be prosecuted as animal cruelty under Title 47.