Bear spotted near Warren Rd.

Bear spotted Sunday night in a west Augusta parking lot

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources were called to the Warren Road area late Sunday after several reports of a black bear in the area.

The calls came in just before midnight, and a deputy has been dispatched to the area to look for the bear. Further details will be forthcoming.

GIVE BEAR SOME SPACE

DNR provides tips for handling bears in residential areas:

- Never pursue a bear on foot or in vehicles in an attempt to chase it from the area.

- Give it plenty of space and an avenue of retreat.

- Homeowners should remove dogs from the area (keep them penned up) so the bear doesn't run up a tree.

- Remove all dog and cat food from porches or yards.

- Put trash out on the day of pickup by the garbage company.

2009: Bear causes buzz in Columbia County
2009: Black bear reported roaming today near Grovetown, Appling
2008: Bear trips to Augusta not that uncommon
2008: Officers capture wandering bear
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