A black bear appears to be making a case to become the new mascot of a high school in South Carolina.
The curious bruin has been spotted on the grounds of Spartanburg High recently, and on Wednesday evening, after classes had been dismissed, the bear was photographed standing on its hind legs and peering into a window near the main entrance.
The Spartanburg Police Department, which has been monitoring the situation, wrote on Facebook:
“It seems that Spartanburg High School has the “Bear” necessities this young bear is looking for. By now, the majority of our Eastside residents have heard of or seen the bear rummaging around the Fernwood area.
“We caught up with him just before dark when he was spotted trying to learn how to be a Viking at Spartan High. The bear appears to be afraid of people and runs away when “approached.” That being said….DO NOT APPROACH THE BEAR! Respect his power and admire from a distance.
“Bring in any pet food you have outside and secure your trash. Most importantly…do not leave the pot of honey ￼for him!
“Don’t worry students! Mr. Stevens assured us that exams are still on for tomorrow. The schools grounds will be checked for any bears trying to disguise themselves as Vikings.”
The News & Observer reported that the bear was still in the area Thursday, and that the state and county officials were discussing the possibility of relocating the animal to prevent potentially dangerous encounters with humans.
The Vikings are set to begin summer break after Friday’s classes.
–Images are courtesy of the Spartanburg Police Department