Over the last few months many of our residents have had encounters with bears on their property. Sergeant Tedstone recently completed training on dealing with bears. He has provided some information from the Massachusetts Department of Wildlife on how to handle bears on your property.
The below information was taken directly from MassWildlife information. For more information and additional assistance go to www.Mass.gov/Bears
PREVENTING NEGATIVE ENCOUNTERS WITH BEARS
- Remove all food sources from your yard and neighborhood.
- Never intentionally feed bears.
- DO NOT feed birds-all birdfeeders, suet, and spilled seed attract bears.
- NEVER leave trash bags outside-store them in a secure building or container and put trash out the morning of pickup.
DO NOT feed pets outside.
- DO NOT use open compost.
- CLEAN barbecue grills and grease traps.
- KEEP BEARS WILD…Feeding bears can cause bears to lose their fear of people which can result in the bear being euthanized.
If someone sees a bear in their yard:
- Harass the bear while maintaining a safe distance by banging pots and pans, blow a whistle or an air horn.
- Check for and remove any food sources (bird feeders, cat/dog food, etc.).
If someone encounters a bear:
- Talk to the bear in a calm voice.
- Do not run away from the bear-slowly back away while making noise.
- Fight back if a black bear makes contact with them.
- KEEP dogs leashed
- Check your yard for bears before letting your dog out.
- DO NOT let dogs chase or interact with bears.
- If you encounter a bear while with your dog, back away and leave the area.
- The presence of a dog could trigger a bear to be aggressive.
Bears are interested in bee larvae and have been known to knock down or completely destroy hives. Mass Wildlife recommends using electric fencing to keep bears from interacting with hives.
If you have additional questions call Mass Wildlife during business hours at 508-389-6300 or Mass Environmental Police (24/7) at 1-800-632-8075