Travelin’ On: Bedford’s Bear May Have Departed but Residents can be Knowledgeable Should Another Drop By

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Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

After spending more than 24 hours in Bedford, our peripatetic ursine visitor was last seen on Ten Acre Drive, shortly before 2 pm on Monday, September 17. Three hours later, according to a 5 pm Tweet from the Concord Police Department, a black bear was seen crossing Lexington Road in the area of Manuel Drive, a half mile east of Meriam’s Corner. Around 11 pm on Monday evening, Lincoln Police Tweeted a report of bear sightings near homes on Brooks Road, and Juniper Ridge Road.

Click this link if you missed the original post about Bedford’s bear visit

Thanks to the Massachusetts Environmental Police, the following suggestions could prepare residents should Bedford’s bear return, or one of its cousins visit:

REMOVE ALL FOOD SOURCES FROM YOUR YARD AND NEIGHBORHOOD

  • NEVER intentionally feed bears
  • DO NOT feed birds – All birdfeeders, suet, and spilled seed attract bears
  • NEVER leave trash bags out – Store in a secure building or container and put trash out the morning of pickup
  • DO NOT feed pets outside
  • DO NOT use open compost
  • CLEAN barbeque grills and grease traps

KEEP BEARS WILD

  • Feeding can cause bears to lose their fear of people which can result in the bear being euthanized

IF YOU SEE A BEAR IN YOUR YARD

  • HARASS the bear – bang pots and pans, blow a whistle or an air horn
  • CHECK for and REMOVE food sources

IF YOU ENCOUNTER A BEAR

  • Talk to the bear in a calm voice
  • Back away – DO NOT run
  • FIGHT BACK if a black bear makes contact with you

DOG OWNERS

  • Keep dogs leashed
  • Check your yard for bears before letting your dog out
  • DO NOT let dogs chase or interact with bears
  • If you encounter a bear while with your dog, back away and leave the area
  • The presence of a dog could trigger a bear to be aggressive

LEARN MORE: Mass.gov/Bears

  • For questions, or to report a bear encounter – Contact MassWildlife at 508-389-6300
  • Contact the Massachusetts Environmental Police outside normal business hours and on weekends at 1-800-632-8075

 


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