Bear sidles previous faculty, hunts faux deer in East Bridgewater

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Wildlife officers are usually not involved in regards to the presence of black bears in southeastern Massachusetts, because the animals are usually not inherently aggressive.

A black bear was seen in East Bridgewater roaming round whereas the children have been getting out of faculty. Police mentioned they monitored the bear and there have been no security considerations.

East Bridgewater was abuzz with two black bear sightings this week, and whereas no individuals have been injured, one garden decoration wasn’t so fortunate.

Native police mentioned there was no risk to the neighborhood after a black bear was noticed meandering across the Gordon W. Mitchell Center College throughout an early dismissal Wednesday.

“Just a bit pleasure round city at present. We had a black bear roaming round whereas the children have been getting out of faculty for his or her half-day. We saved him in our sight the entire time. No security considerations at the moment and it’s best to only let him/her be. If in case you have any questions or considerations please name,” East Bridgewater Police wrote on their Fb web page.

The subsequent day, a video shared with Boston 25 confirmed a black bear taking down a pretend deer in an East Bridgewater yard. Within the video, the bear is seen biting the deer’s neck after which carrying its high half into the woods. It’s not clear if the buck-loving bear was the identical one which confirmed up on the faculty, as police mentioned there may be multiple bear within the space.

Up to now few years, black bear sightings have been a widespread prevalence in southeastern Massachusetts, typically prompting ruffled residents to name the authorities. In a current Enterprise report, MassWildlife’s Black Bear and Furbearer Biologist Dave Wattles mentioned two or three bears are at the moment roaming round southeastern Massachusetts—however officers aren’t involved.

“They’re utilizing very developed locations, however we are able to permit black bears to be there as a result of they’re not inherently aggressive in direction of individuals,” Wattles informed the Enterprise. “In the event that they posed a public security risk, we wouldn’t tolerate it. However merely having them there in the neighborhood isn’t a risk.”

To forestall conflicts with black bears, MassWildlife recommends eradicating meals sources round residential properties, together with hen feeders and pet meals. Consultants additionally advise utilizing electrical fencing round livestock and crops and storing rubbish in closed containers.