By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
An elderly Martin woman got the scare of her life over the weekend when a black bear turned up in her yard.
It happened Saturday at a home on Chapel Road.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she came home Saturday to find the bear standing in her carport.
DNR Law enforcement officer Craig Fulgum said it’s not unusual to see bears this time of year in our area.
“A lot of times our young male bears are coming down from our mountains, which is Stephens County in the Currahee area and they’re looking for food,” Fulgum said. “That’s mainly where the conflict comes in. We typically get five to 10 calls from the Stephens, Franklin, and Hart County area this time of year of bears that are either rummaging through trash or going into the bee hives looking for honey and that can put people on edge.”
Spring is the busiest time of year for bear sightings in this area, according to Fulgum.
The woman on Chapel Road said she has not seen the bear since Saturday, but is worried it might still be hanging around.
Fulgum said unless there’s a food source, most bears will move on.
He also says the best way to avoid contact with a bear is to make sure your trash and your pet food is put up.
“As long as the food source is not there, your trash is in the trash can, your pet food is put up, those kinds of things are going to entice the bear to stay around for a long period of time,” Fulgum said. “If the food source is not there, the bear is going to move on.”
Again, if you see a black bear on your property, don’t go near it, but do call your local 911 or local game warden.