Bears sighted in west Georgia

CARROLLTON, Ga.  - There have been at lease two sightings of black bears in West Georgia in a month, but state Department of Natural Resources officials say there is no cause for concern.

Department of Natural Resources Sgt. Danny Crook told the Carrollton Times-Georgian that a bear seen crossing a street in Bremen was likely the same bear spotted near a truck stop in Temple.

Crook said bear sightings in West Georgia are not uncommon. He said the animals typically are scared of humans.

Crook said bears spotted in the area are usually young, smaller animals who have been chased out of their territory by older dominant male bears.

He said people who spot bears should leave the animals alone and try to remove food sources from the area.

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