Bear sighting reported in southwest Coweta
by Wes Mayer
Conservation rangers with the Georgia Department of National Resources attempted to locate a bear reported to be wandering in southwest Coweta County on Wednesday, but were unable to find it.
The bear was reported to be seen in the Moreland and Grantville areas of the county, but the rangers could only search for it for one day and exhausted their efforts, said Ranger First Class Travis Sweat with the Wildlife Resources Law Enforcement Division.
Sweat said there are two major bear populations in Georgia – the north Georgia mountains and around Macon – and it is about that time of year when younger male bears are beginning to be pushed out of their territory by the older males. This is a regular occurrence in Georgia, and these younger males will usually follow creeks and streams in search of food.
“When someone sees [a bear] who normally doesn’t see one, they freak out,” Sweat said. “But it’s really no big deal.”