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Black bear spotted in West Cobb

Black bear spotted in West Cobb

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County police report that a black bear has been seen in the area of Due West Road near the West Hampton subdivision.

The bear was caught on a trail camera while eating bird feed in the backyard of a local residence. Several photos were taken between 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 27.

Although bear sightings are not common in West Cobb, they are occasionally seen during this time of year.

The easiest way to keep bears out of a yard is to take down bird feeders, bring in bowls of pet food and store garbage in a place that's inaccessible to bears, like a garage. Pets should also be brought inside at night.

In most cases, a bear simply moves on when a food source is no longer available, although it may take several days for them to realize this.

Capture and relocation is a last resort and only warranted if a bear becomes a consistent nuisance, presents a safety threat or does major damage to residential property.