The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is reporting an increase in bear activity in our area as more bears are migrating to the north eastern part of the Commonwealth. Many residents have reported bear sightings in recent months and these sightings will likely continue. While there have been no reported bear attacks in Tyngsborough, the Conservation Commission and MassWildlife would like to remind residents about how they can prevent negative encounters with bears.
First, remove all food sources from your yard and neighborhood. Never intentionally feed bears, do not feed pets outside, do not use open compost, do not leave trash bags out in the open, and never feed birds. If you encounter a bear in your yard, make a lot of noise by banging pots and pans, blowing a whistle, or blowing an air horn. If you personally encounter a bear, talk to the bear in a calm voice. Back away slowly, do not run. In the rare occasion that a black bear makes contact with you, fight back.
Dog owners should take special precautions. Always keep your dogs leashed. Check your yard for bears before letting your pets outside. Do not let your dog chase or interact with the bear. If you encounter a bear while walking your dog, move away slowly and leave the area. The presence of the dog could trigger a bear to be aggressive.
Residents are advised to report bear encounters to MassWildlife at 508-389-6300 or to reach the Massachusetts Environmental Police after hours, please call 1-800-632-8075.
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