Bears make themselves at home in Forsyth County subdivision

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SUWANEE, Ga. -- A family of bears is wandering around a neighborhood in the Johns Creek and Suwanee areas.

Of course, it's not unheard of for bears to venture into residential areas of metro Atlanta, looking for food. But it's never happened in this neighborhood, and it's causing more excitement than concern or fear.

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"It's amazing," said Rob Moravek, who lives in the Shakerag Farms subdivision off of Kemp and McGinnis Ferry roads near the Chattahoochee River in Forsyth County.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the bears appeared in a field of trees and tall grass next to Shakerag Farms.

There were one large bear and three small ones -- apparently the mama bear and her three cubs.

They were just wandering around, hanging out.

One of them climbed a tree while the others strolled and rolled onto their backs.

Drivers stopped their cars, got out, took pictures -- like this was a natural habitat zoo.

Children played soccer nearby.

"I'm not sure if they were searching for food or what they were doing," Moravek said. "They could have just been trying to find a way out of the subdivision."

Moravek has lived in Shakerag Farms for ten years. He's never seen bears there until now.

His home surveillance cameras recorded the four bears strolling down his street, through the subdivision.

Then they made a U-turn, running up the street. The mama bear paused to let the slowest cub catch up, then she led them away between the houses across the street from Moravek's house.

"There are a lot of kids in this neighborhood, so it is a little scary," Moravek said.

The Forsyth County Sheriff and Georgia DNR rangers said they're just going to leave the bear family alone. This is a semi-rural area that is slowly becoming residential.

"I never in a million years thought that I would ever see bears coming down the street, 50 feet from my house," Moravek said.

In September, not far away in Milton, in North Fulton County, people spotted a mama bear and at least two cubs walking through a subdivision there.

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The DNR said the bears are simply attracted to the smells of food and cooking.

And rangers said if you see bears in your neighborhood and you feel you're in any danger, slowly back away and make a lot of noise; the bears will most likely want to get away from YOU.

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