Residents of the metropolitan area may need to be on the lookout for black bears.

In an Aug. 23 Facebook post, the Dunwoody Police Department noted that an officer reported seeing a black bear on N. Peachtree Road near Saffron Drive around 8 p.m.

“If you see a black bear, don’t encounter it,” the post read. “Just give him some space and he’ll move on.”

According to a press release from the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, bears tend to increase their food consumption at this time of year and may venture outside their usual range for prepare for winter.

“It is not uncommon for human-bear conflicts to escalate in late summer, as bears have been ‘trained’ and ‘educated’ throughout the summer to find food around bears. homes and neighborhoods where unsafe bear attractants often abound,” Adam Hammond, WRD state bear biologist, said in the statement. “Denying bears a free meal and forcing them to look elsewhere in their search for food is always the best course of action – for people and for bears.”

BearWise, an educational program developed by state bear biologists, provides tips on what to do if you encounter a black bear on your property. According to BearWise, you should make loud noises from a safe distance to scare the bear away.

BearWise also has tips on how to make trash cans more bear-resistant and other measures to keep bears away. More information can be found on the BearWise website.