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Duluth Police receive reports of another bear sighting

Posted July 11

— A bird-seed bandit struck again in Gwinnett.

Duluth Police on Monday reported on Facebook a bear sighting off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Howell Ferry Road near the Promenade apartments. It's the fourth known bear sighting in Gwinnett this summer. Two separate homeowners in Buford reported a bear sighting days a part about two weeks ago. And in Norcross in mid-June, Gwinnett police were captured on video with one officer saying on the recording, "I'm not chasing a bear."

A resident in the Charleston Bay neighborhood in Duluth shared a video with the Daily Post and said the same bear visited the same home twice.

In pictures shared by Duluth Police, the bear appeared to be eating from a bird feeder, which at least one of the bears did in a Buford backyard in late June. A Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman said birdseed is like candy to bears.

Duluth Police wrote that in recent weeks, people in metro Atlanta have reported sightings of black bears roaming yards. Officers will respond, however, Department of Natural Resources offers friendly reminders about bears in the neighborhood, the police said.

DNR spokeswoman Melissa Cummings said it is not unexpected for Eastern Black Bears to be out and about and visible in non-traditional places like residential backyards. Cummings said it's likely a young male who has moved on from its mother and trying to establish its own territory.

A smaller, possibly younger, bear was spotted last year around Sugar Hill.

Cummings said the louder residents can be, the better, including banging pots and pans, and any noise that would make the area seem like an unfriendly place in order to move the bear along.

Cummings advised that if a bear is spotted, tell neighbors in the area to never feed a bear, and keep items such as grills, pet food and bird feeders where bears can't get to them. She also said to clean and store grills when not in use, keep pet food indoors and take down bird feeders from April to November if bears frequent an area.

People can also use "bear-proof" garbage containers, or store garbage in the garage or other enclosed area until the morning of pick-up day.

"Unless there is evidence of aggressive behavior or habituation to people, there is no cause for alarm," said Adam Hammond, state bear biologist with the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division.

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