Police Caution Residents To Avoid Black Bears08:53PM / Friday, May 25, 2012
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Black bears have been coming closer to homes around the region this spring. The most recent siting has been near Brayton Elementary School over past few days.
This bear wandered back into woods but hadn't left the immediate neighborhood around Brayton School by Friday evening.
Neighbors in the area reported seeing the bear in the brook behind the school and he (most likely) was spotted on Friday in a tree near the Northern Berkshire YMCA.
Police are urging people to stay calm if they see a bear and to back away from it slowly. Black bears are not particularly hostile but can be dangerous if frightened, or over food or cubs.
Bears are attracted by food, so police say:
• Never feed bears and make sure no food, dirty grills, bird feeders (bring them in at night) or accessible trash containers are around to attract them, especially at night. Garbage containers should be frequently washed with a disinfectant solution to remove odors.
• For those with fruit or nut trees, removing fallen fruit or nuts will minimize bear activity in your yard.
The department has more information on its Facebook page.