CBS Atlanta has heard several reports about bears being spotted in north Fulton County in recent weeks, but no one had evidence of a bear until now.
A man in the Rivermont Country Club subdivision in Johns Creek now has the proof.
The bear walked right up to the John McCormick's camera Sunday morning, and laid down in front of it.
"It's hard to tell how big he is, but he's big enough," said McCormick.
When McCormick checked the memory card on the camera he keeps in his front yard, he expected to see a deer or two, maybe a coyote. But what he saw Monday made him literally jump out of his seat.
"So I checked the card and I was floored when I saw a bear on it," said McCormick. "I've seen coyotes, fox, deer of course, they are everywhere. What else have I seen? Raccoons, possums, but it sort of shocked me when I saw a black bear."
While McCormick and his family were in the backyard, the bear was in his front yard not knowing that the entire time, his every movement was being recorded.
McCormick decided to change the settings on his camera. He said he hoped to get some video of the bear next time.
"I'm not really fearful, but what's going to happen if I put food in the trash, if he's hanging out here, that's the biggest worry," said McCormick.
McCormick said the bear seemed calm and really relaxed. He must have been tired. He even laid down.
According to the time stamp on McCormick's camera, the bear stayed in front of the camera for about ten minutes. There's no telling how long he stayed in McCormick yard.
"So do you plan to do anything different?" asked CBS Atlanta reporter Tony McNary.
"No, just maybe tuck the trash in good," said McCormick. "If he comes back, I suppose I'll see him."
A spokeswoman with Georgia's Department of Natural Resources said it's hard to say where the bear came from.
She believes he's looking for food and may be following the Chattahoochee River on his way to the north Georgia mountains.
If you want to keep a bear out of your yard, the best thing to do is secure your trash and don't keep pet food outside.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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