A motorist on I-85 near Jefferson hit and killed a large black bear on Sunday. When officials from the Department of Natural Resources went to the scene to remove the bear, someone had stolen the body.
Someone driving a SUV struck the bear around 8 p.m. on Sunday at Exit 137 on I-85. The Jefferson Police Department was called to the accident scene.
The bear had died and the DNR was called to come and remove the body. When DNR officials arrived Monday morning, the bear’s body was gone.
According to DNR officials, it is a violation of state law to be in possession of a bear or bear parts.
DNR agent Eric Isom is handling the investigation of the missing bear. Anyone with information is asked to call 770-535-5499.
Carolyn, at least in the northern counties there have been more bear sightings and calls to 911 concerning bears than there have ever been. For some reason the population is up, or they are being pushed into more residential areas. Either way, thier interaction with people is way up. They don't seem to be particularly dangerous, as long as you leave them alone, but they do scare the crap out of you!
My children saw a baby bear, or what they believe to have been a baby bear , on Galilee Church Road a week ago.
They described it as round body, round ears and it was bouncing as it ran, not the way a dog runs. We forgot all about this until we read this article.
Dont be surprised we are in their back yard. I remember when i lived in Florida and people would call about the gators and un less the harmed a domestic pet they would not bother them. Also more people living in the boondocks equal more critters visiting.
11/13/09 at 11:03 AM
Well we are in the boondocks LOL. I keep my Saint Bernard in the house but it is a bit scary when he needs to go out at night. I mean we have beavers, raccoons, wild dogs, skunks, squirrels and deer. Yes they are all beautiful and I would love to get pictures of all of them but if I see a black bear in my yard I may not want to grab my camera. Does anyone know where this one came from? They are not native to Pendergrass. LOL
Bears are native to Jackson County but were eliminated here a long time ago. The one near you likely originated in the Hall-Habersham-White area. The bear population has increased in recent years, and the increased competition for food has them moving around more. If the population continues to increase or if we have a few years of drought where food production drops, we could certainly see more of them. But for now it's a rarity.