SOUTHBOROUGH – The Town of Southborough’s Police Department is reporting that a bear was spotted on Brook Lane in the Fayville section of the community overnight.
“Our Animal Control Officer is monitoring reports of a Black Bear seen on Brook Lane in Fayville the other night. A resident in that area reported that their bird feeder pole was ripped down, and that their property was disheveled (and their neighbor’s yard was in the same condition),” wrote Southborough Police on social media this morning.
“Reports later came in that the bear was spotted near Middle Road. In that area, another bird feeder was pulled down,” wrote Police.
Police are “strongly recommending that everyone please remove their bird feeding systems for the next few weeks, and secure all trash around the outside of your properties.”
If you see the bear call Environmental Police at 508-366-6537.
From environmental police:
- 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.