Have You Seen A Black Bear In North Georgia?

The Mountain Life Team Blogger August 4, 2009

It was only a few short weeks ago that I was asked “Do you ever see any Bears?” My answer was simple, “…..not very often.” Boy was I wrong. I have seen more Bear in the North Georgia Mountains this year than I have seen in a lifetime almost.

iStock_000006637893XSmallJust last week I was on my way to a Home Retention Counceling meeting with a client near Helton Creek Falls  just past Vogel State Park  outside of Blairsville, GA. I had decided to take a short cut through Owl Town and stopped in to preview this listing in Chestnut Mountain and met a new friend right there in the front yard. The neighbor’s were outside next door and didn’t even know the bear was next door being nosey!

A few  weeks before that I was showing property with a client and we were looking at this cabin in Big Sky near the Cohutta Wilderness . As we were drving up the mountain we saw a Black Bear  take off through the woods that was sitting along the side of the road.

I also had a client that was meeting with Jim the Plumber at his new cabin in Hiawassee, GA .  near Lake Chatuge  just a couple of weeks ago. As they were discussing the final details of the job just outside the cabin on the drive-way, Jim asked the new owner to turn around slowly to see the Black Bear Cub that was walking down toward them out of the woods. He turned to see that there was not one, but two Bear Cubs. Now you know mama wasn’t too far away!

I came across a great article this morning titled Following In The Footsteps of Bears. Be sure to read it, it has some great tips should you see a Black Bear in the North Georgia Mountains . Please let us know if you have spotted any Black Bear during your visit or stay in the area. I would love to hear about them.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of the Real Estate that you have seen in this article, or any other North Georgia Mountain property, please contact me. I would be grateful for the opportunity to answer any question or obtain any additional information that you may need. If you haven’t visited us here in the mountains, please come see us soon….you will absolutely love it!

Make it a GREAT day!

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  1. This reminds me why I want to have a cabin up there one day! Great stuff! Seeing a bear while trout fishing would be about as cool as it gets.

  2. my friend an i subcontract for ETC as landscapers. we cut all their switch houses all over jasper, ellijay,and blue ridge and i’ve always been nervous about running across a bear. well yesterday we were on ray mt rd about a 1/4 mile from 515 and as we turned a curve we came up on a big black bear just walking around in the middle of the rd. judging by his size we guessed he weighed around 500 lbs. he didn’t seem too worried about our truck until we pulled within about 15ft of him then he slowly turned and wondered off the rd and up into the woods looking back a couple of times as he walked off then disappeared into the forest. which would have been cool but our next switch was on the other side of the woods so we both were constantly watching the woods as we were cutting. it was an eye opening experience for both of us we’ve always heard and known there were bears out there but never thought anything of it. now we’re constantly on the look out!

  3. My wife and I have lived in Young Harris, GA for five years, and we’ve never seen black bears near our home until this fall. Two weeks ago, a mama bear with three yearling cubs strolled up to within a few feet of our deck. The dogs started barking and the bears ambled away. This morning, before sunrise, the same bears were a few feet away from our kitchen door. There aren’t many acorns this year, so I believe they’re looking for any food source they can find. We’ve decided not to fill our bird feeders this fall.

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