Bear makes unwelcome visit to Cherokee County home

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BALL GROUND, Ga. — A black bear became an unwelcome visitor at a Cherokee County home this week.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the young bear came onto Kim Fountain's back porch Wednesday evening and wouldn't leave.

Fountain called authorities and after a brief standoff with a Cherokee County sheriff's deputy, authorities contacted the state Department of Natural Resources to handle the animal.

The bear sauntered off into the woods behind the home before they arrived.

The department estimates Georgia is home to at least 5,100 bears, most living in North Georgia.

During the spring and summer, adult males typically force young males out of their home territory to roam around trying to establish their own turf.

The public is advised to leave bears alone, keep a safe distance and to never feed them.

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