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FRAMINGHAM – A bear was spotted in Framingham early this morning, June 12.

The bear was spotted in a yard on Fay Road near the Ashland border.

It is not uncommon for bears to be spotted in the City.

When a bear is spotted, the environmental police typically strongly recommends, everyone “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.

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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.

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  • 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 is needed.


Photo courtesy of a SOURCE reader

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.