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Officials warn the public as another black bear spotted in Bristol County



Officials warn as bears are expanding their range in Massachusetts and that includes Bristol County.

According to the Easton Police Department, the above black bear was spotted on Sheridan Street Monday night.

“Clearly, these bears are settling into our community and are laying down roots here for future generations. For that, we say welcome. To those that aren’t bears, as always, please remember to be aware and alert of your surroundings while venturing out in town.”

These bears are now becoming a common sight in the area. A black bear was also recently spotted off of the railroad bed behind Southeastern Regional High School

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife say that though Massachusetts is the third most densely populated state in the country, black bears have been increasing in numbers and distribution since the 1970s. The statewide population of bears is estimated to be over 4,500 animals and is growing and expanding eastward. Black bears live and breed in Worcester County, northern Middlesex County, and west to the Berkshires. Bears, mostly young males and some breeding females, are living in other eastern Massachusetts communities along Route 495. Dispersing young bears and wandering males often find themselves east of Route 495.

Black bears are black overall with a brown muzzle and sometimes a white chest patch. Their feet are large and well-padded, with moderate-sized, curved claws. Male black bears generally range in weight from 130 to 600 pounds and females from 100 to 400 pounds.

Officials point out that bears that have been accustomed and dependent on human-associated foods, such as bird seed, trash, and pet food, are likely to cause damage and become a nuisance. Removal of food sources and other attractants is key to preventing problems with bears.

If you see a bear in your neighborhood, yell, and make lots of noise. The bear will usually leave—accompanied by its young. Habituated bears may ignore minor harassment. If you continue to see bears, check your property and remove any potential 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

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