Johns Creek police reports appear to corroborate the story.
A motorist called police about 12:15 a.m. Saturday to say he saw a bear crossing the street a short distance away, at Barnwell Road and Rivermont Parkway. Earlier, about 8 p.m. Friday, police received a report of a dog chasing a bear in the 4200 block of Old Alabama Road in the nearby Country Club of the South subdivision.
The bear is believed to have wandered into the area from the west, following the Chattahoochee River upstream from Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. People from both cities called in bear sightings in recent weeks.
Johns Creek police theorize it’s a 2-year-old male seeking new territory. Its ultimate destination may be the area north of Lake Lanier, a known bear habitat.
Asked if he now had concerns for his safety, McCormick said, “I guess I’ll be more leery about what I put in the trash.”