Black Bear In Your Area
To: Framingham Area Municipal Police Departments
From: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Date: June 16, 2017
This week a young 1 ½- 2 ½ year old bear has been repeatedly spotted in Southborough, Hopkinton, and Framingham.
MassWildlife is taking this opportunity to alert area municipalities that black bears are expanding their range into eastern Massachusetts including the Rte. I- 495 corridor. Based on our experience in working with other communities, we are sending this information to your department to help you respond to future bear reports and sightings in your town.
In our years of experience, we have found that communities unfamiliar with bears will face excitement, concern, and questions from citizens, media, and municipal officials when a bear is seen in town. The most important message to convey to your staff, the public, and the media: The presence of a bear is not an immediate public safety threat.
When a Bear is Reported in Your Community
ADVICE FOR CITIZENS
Urge citizens and food-related businesses to remove all food sources (bird feeders, trash, open compost, pet food, open dumpsters) and visit our bear web pages at www.mass.gov/bears or contact MassWildlife’s Field Headquarters at (508) 389-6359 for more information.