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Black bears spotted in Lowndes Co.

A rare sight near Valdosta, people have spotted black bears wandering around Lowndes County over the last week.

A few black bears like this one have been seen in the Grove Point subdivision and Kinderlou Forest.

Chet Powell with the Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association says we're right in the middle of bear mating season that could be one reason there on the move.

The drought is also huge factor because the bears are trying to find water and wildfires are displacing them.

"They're typically going to stay away from animals and people so that shouldn't be a problem," said Chet Powell, the director of the Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association. "These are not nuisance bears like you would get in areas where bears are used to people. These bears are displaced bears and there's a big difference between displaced bear and a nuisance bear."

The best thing to do if you see a bear is to leave it alone and contact your nearest Department of Natural Resources office. You can reach them through your sheriff's office.


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