FRAMINGHAM – Earlier this week, a black bear was spotted in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood and again off Edmands Road. That same day a black bear was rescued in Marlborough.
But today, June 16, residents near the Water View Terrace have reported seeing a black bear. And the management of the apartment complex sent a email to residents.
“Today we have gotten a few reports of a possible black bear sighting out in the woods behind the Water View Terrace property. The Framingham police and animal control are aware of the situation and are currently handling the situation. If you do go outside, please exercise extreme caution and do not approach the bear. Please keep your dogs on a leash and keep your little ones close,” stated the letter.
The apartments are located near Salem End Road.
The bear was also spotted on Cherry Oca Lane on Friday. The pictured is from Stacie Bowter.
According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Wildlife, the public should not be alarmed to see a bear in their neighborhood.
Editor’s Note: I posted a public service video from the Commonwealth below on bears.
Bears spend time in neighborhoods because food sources – bird feeders, garbage, open compost, grills, etc., are abundant and easy to access. Bears will readily use these food sources and will revisit them time and again as long as they are available. These bears are typically spotted in these areas adjacent to wooded areas.
The Division of Wildlife estimates there are 4,000 bears in Massachusetts.
If you live in an area with bears, it is best to avoid bird feeders altogether, as bears that find a bird feeder will often revisit that site, month after month, year after year. Bird feeders, bird seed, corn and other bird foods can draw bears into closer proximity to people and often result in bears losing their fear of people, according to the Division.
When bears begin to use human-associated food sources, they will often frequent residential areas, not flee when harassed by humans, and may even cause damage by breaking into outbuildings or homes.
The Division says “It is safe to enjoy the outdoors regardless of what region of the state you live in. Dogs should always be leashed and supervised so that they can be kept under the owner’s direct control and avoid interactions with wildlife. Always be aware of your surroundings and if you happen to encounter a bear, enjoy the sighting! If the bear is unaware of your presence, then just back away and leave the bear alone. If the bear is aware of you, talk to the bear in a calm voice and back away.”