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Authorities warning the public after recent bear sightings in Norfolk and Bristol Counties



Authorities are warning the public due to multiple bear sightings from northern to southern Massachusetts.

According to Taunton Police, over the past couple of weeks there has been a black bear roaming about Norfolk and Bristol Counties. There have been recent sightings around Taunton.

Bears are very common in the western part of Massachusetts, however, they are relatively infrequent visitors to Bristol County and many residents do not know the proper steps to take to avoid conflicts with bears. The most common issues people will have are with bird feeders, improperly stored trash or compost piles, backyard chickens/ducks and beehives.

Officials recommend that if you see a black bear, do not attempt to get closer to it or interact with it. Most black bears are wary of humans, but if you find yourself outside when one approaches, clap your hands and talk loudly while slowly moving away.

To discourage the bear from making a habitat of your backyard, put away pet food and bird feeders and ensure trash cans are secure.

If you do spot a bear, you can contact the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (508-389-6300 open M-F 8 am to 4 pm). You can also contact the Mass Environmental Police (24 hours 800-632-8075). In the case of an emergency, always dial 911.

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