published Friday, May 9th, 2014

Bear spotted in Coweta County southwest of Atlanta

NEWNAN, Ga. — After a bear was spotted in Coweta County, a conservation ranger said it's about the time of year when young males roam across the state in search of food.

The Newnan Times-Herald reports that conservation rangers with the Georgia Department of National Resources attempted to locate a bear reported to be wandering in the Moreland and Grantville areas Wednesday, but were unable to find it.

DNR Ranger First Class Travis Sweat said this time of year, younger male bears are sometimes pushed out of their territories by older males. He said the young bears will then typically follow creeks and streams in search of food.

Most bears in the state live in the north Georgia mountains; along and near the Ocmulgee River in central Georgia and in the Okefenokee Swamp.

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