One black bear was hit by a car on Highway 82 two weeks ago and the Alapaha Police Chief says there have been other bear sightings since near the Alapaha river. It's likely a family that migrated North from the Okeefenokee Swamp. Darlene Turner says she was amazed when a woman on her way home to Moultrie came to her store saying she'd hit a bear.
"We heard people talk about seeing a bear but really didn't believe it," Turner said. "We were like what was he drinking.
The Department of Natural Resources bear biologist says there are about 1,100 bears in the Okeefenokee region, but this is the first time he's heard of one in Berrien County. He says black bears are not aggressive, but people should leave them alone.