FRAMINGHAM – A bear was spotted in Framingham.
A resident reported this bear (pictured) in the Water Street neighborhood.
A Pinewood Drive resident reported the bear spent about 30 minutes in her yard and took down a bird feeder.
Resident Su Ribeiro said she planned to call Framingham Animal Control.
She said the bear was on their property around 10:30 Sunday night.
Black bear are common in Massachusetts in Western and Central Massachusetts, but have been expanding into MetroWest, according to the state’s wildlife page. This is not the first time a black bear has been spotted in Framingham.
Black bears have good eyesight and hearing. The bears have extraordinary sense of smell, and use that sense to locate food and recognize potential danger. Black bears are excellent climbers and use trees to rest, escape threats, and protect their young.
Depending on food availability and snow cover, bears will den between mid-November and early December and exit between early March and mid-April.
While black bears are omnivores, meaning they eat both vegetation and meat, they typically avoid humans.
“A bear’s first response to something unusual is to leave. If a bear is feeding in an area where it doesn’t belong, such as your yard, on a porch, or in a dumpster, step outside, yell, and make lots of noise. The bear will usually leave—accompanied by its young. Habituated bears may ignore minor harassment. If you continue to see bears, check your property and remove any potential food sources,” according to the state’s wildlife page.
“Black bears are usually wary of people,” says the state. “Normal trail noise will alert bears to your presence and they will often disappear before you see them. If you see a bear, it may not immediately recognize you as a human and may be curious until it scents you. Make the animal aware of your presence by clapping, talking, or making other sounds while slowly backing away. Do not approach bears or intrude between a female bear and her cubs. Keep dogs leashed and stay a respectful distance away.”
In spring, bears feed on lush, green emerging plants and are often seen in wetlands.
These are more tips from the state if you spot a bear in your neighborhood:
Remove bird feeders: If you live in an area with bears, it is best to not set out bird feeders. If you choose to put out bird feeders, doing so during this time may decrease the chance of a bear coming to your feeder. In mild winters, some bears may be active year-round. Bring in any feeders at the first sign of bear activity.
Secure trash: Put trash barrels out the morning of trash pickup, not the previous evening. Store all garbage in closed containers in a garage or outbuilding. Using double bags or sprinkling with ammonia will help reduce odors. If you compost, do not throw meat scraps, greasy, oily, or sweet materials in your compost pile. Businesses and campgrounds in bear country should invest in bear-proof dumpsters with a locking lid. Trash should always be placed inside the dumpster, and never left accessible to bears.
Always feed pets indoors.
Clean greasy barbecues and grills after each use.
Do not leave food scraps, grease containers, or spilled grease in your yard.
Use electric fencing to safeguard hives and coops. Electric fences are most effective when put up and continuously charged before the first damage occurs. Keep open, mowed areas on all sides of hives and coops and do not locate hives or coops in abandoned areas or close to brushy, overgrown areas.
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