FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Police said they have called Massachusetts Environmental Police after several reports of a brown-colored bear seen in the City of Framingham.
The first report was near Spruce Street around 6:45 a.m.
The next report was near Eleanor Road at 6:52 a.m.
Followed by a report on Knight Road at 7:20 a.m.
Animal Control is in the neighborhood.
- If a bear is sighted, leave the animal alone. In most situations, if left alone, the bear will return to the forest on its own.
- Keep dogs under control. Stay away from the bear and tell others to do the same. Often a bear will climb a tree to avoid people. A gathering of people not only stresses the animal, but it adds the risk of having a bear chased out into traffic or into a group of bystanders.
- If a bear is in a populated area, contact the Environmental Police Radio Room at 1 (800) 632-8075 or the nearest MassWildlife District Office to report the sighting and get advice.
- The mere presence of a bear in a populated area is not a public safety threat and the bear will leave the area on its own. The Environmental Police or MassWildlife will provide advice and determine if a response from the Large Animal Response Team (LART) is necessary.
Editor’s Note: Framingham Police reported the bear as a “brown bear” but they meant the color of the bear and not the scientific category of bears.