Originally posted at 8:44 a.m. Updated with Photo from Framingham Police.
FRAMINGHAM – Earlier this week, a bear was spotted in Sudbury.
Last night and this morning, there are reports of a black bear in Framingham, by Source readers.
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.
The most recent sighting of the bear was in the Pheasant Hill neighborhood of Framingham.
According to Framingham Police, the bear was spotted off Edmands Road on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Framingham Police.)
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.”