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Possible explanation for Adel bear sightings

The bears dragged several pieces of trash out of a dumpster into a wooded area Monday evening as they searched for food. The bears dragged several pieces of trash out of a dumpster into a wooded area Monday evening as they searched for food.
Bear paw and claw marks could still be seen on the dumpster Tuesday Bear paw and claw marks could still be seen on the dumpster Tuesday
Chett Powell Chett Powell
Don Gandy Don Gandy
ADEL, GA (WALB) -

Viewer video sent to WALB  showed a mother black bear and her cubs roaming near a wooded area in Adel Monday evening. Tuesday, wildlife experts in Adel were still keeping an eye out for the bears.

The officials asked that the exact location of where the bears were sighted be withheld in an effort to prevent people from flocking to the area and potentially coming into contact with the bears.

But, the officials also said the bears were, as of Tuesday afternoon, likely on their way back to where they came from.

Trash from a dumpster in the area of the bear sighting littered the wooded area on the South side of Adel, evidence, wild life experts said, of the bears passing through there Monday evening.

"This happens every few years and as long as people use common sense and just let 'em be bears, usually we have no problems," said Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association member Chett Powell.

The Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association, the Georgia DNR, Adel Police, and Adel Animal Control responded to the area after the bears were spotted Monday evening and Animal Control Officer Don Gandy quickly spotted the bears near the woods.

"But, they run back into the wooded area here," said Officer Gandy, as he walked from the woods towards the dumpster, retracing his steps from Monday. "You can see on the side of the trash can where the claws, where they've been tryin' to get up in there and open the lid."

Officer Gandy said the mother bear left her cubs behind and ran towards the nearby road, causing the road to be temporarily shut down. "Got out of my truck and between ten to fifteen foot she came back by me gettin' to her cubs," explained Officer Gandy.

Powell said the mother bear was likely trying to push her cubs away, as mother bears do when their cubs are around a year and a half old.

"What I think is happening, and what most biologists think is happening here, is she's in the process of tryin' to get the cubs to go out on their own," said Powell.

But, he said there was no telling why she chose this area in Adel.

Powell encouraged people to not put their trash out for the next couple of days and to only feed their pets indoors if possible. And If you do see the bears, watch them from your car or your house but don't try to approach them.

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