Easton is the latest in a string of Massachusetts towns with a black bear spotted wandering the town on Monday.
Easton Police posted on Facebook on Tuesday evening that a black bear was spotted near the train bed behind the South East Regional Technical High School in South Easton on Monday.
“These bears are now becoming commonplace in our area. Be aware and alert of your surroundings when using forested areas of the city,” the department wrote.
But Easton is far from alone. More than a dozen cities, mostly in Massachusetts and north of the city, have reported bear sightings.
According to the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife, black bears in the state have multiplied and expanded their range eastward since the 1970s.
Black bears live and breed in Worcester County, northern Middlesex County and west to the Berkshires.
Some bears, mostly young males and some breeding females, live in other eastern Massachusetts communities along Route 495, the division said. Young bears and wandering males are often found east of Highway 495.
But many of this summer’s bear sightings have occurred well beyond areas of the state that the division considers established or expanding territory for black bears.
Below is a map of where bears have been spotted in Massachusetts and New Hampshire this summer.
Jtimeline of recent black bear sightings in Massachusetts and New Hampshire:
Black bear sightings in Massachusetts this summer
Thursday June 23
An injured black bear that had been hit by a car in Middleborough was found stranded on the median of Route 495 in Raynham.
Saturday July 9
A black bear has been spotted on Deering Drive in Tewksbury.
Sunday July 10
A black bear was spotted on Wentworth Avenue in Lowell.
Wednesday July 13
A black bear was seen climbing into a koi pond in Pepperell.
Monday July 18
A black bear has broken into a home in Hancock, New Hampshire.
tuesday july 19
A black bear has been sighted in Woburn and Wilmington.
Thursday August 4
A black bear was seen in a backyard in Boxford after being spotted several other times earlier this week.
Sunday August 7
A black bear was spotted on Center Street in Danvers and at Corbeil Park in West Peabody.
monday august 8
A black bear has been spotted in Middleton Square in Middleton.
Thursday August 11
Hancock Campground in Lincoln, New Hampshire, closed for two weeks due to increased bear activity.
monday august 15
A black bear has been spotted behind the Southeast Regional Technical High School in South Easton.
Tips from the Fish and Wildlife Division to keep bears away from your home:
- Remove bird feeders
- Take out your trash the morning of collection day, not the day before
- Make sure your trash is in the bin and not on the sidewalk
- Sprinkle ammonia and line your trash cans to reduce odors
- Avoid putting meat scraps, oily or fatty foods and sweets on your compost pile
- Feed your pets indoors
- Clean grills and barbecues
If you see a bear in your neighborhood, the division says to shout and make a lot of noise because its instinct will be to leave the area. If you see a bear on your property, the division says, check it for things that may attract bears, such as food or food scraps.
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