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Bears Cause 3 Separate Accidents in Western Mass, Drivers Beware

Gill, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s the last thing you want to see in front of you while driving…a giant bear!

In Massachusetts, bears enter the den between mid-November and early December.

Before that, they’re preparing for hibernation and because of this they’ve been causing some problems on the roads in Western Mass recently.

Imagine driving along a dark road when all of a sudden a 150 pound bear, as dark as the night sky, runs out in front of your car.  Well, that was the story Thursday night in Gill.

Officer Chris Redmond responded to the scene just before 9:00 p.m. to a vehicle versus bear accident.

The driver was not injured, but the bear was not as lucky.

“When we got to the scene we found a deceased bear that was struck by two vehicles,” explains Redmond.

The woman was driving southbound on Route 10 Thursday night and the bear came from down the hill and on into the road.  The problem is that it was just too dark out to see anything.

“You’re not going to see it coming from the side of the road, it was a dark bear and the roads were wet and visibility was diminished,” says Redmond.

And this was not the only bear around Thursday evening, according to police we spoke with there were 2 other incidents of bears struck by vehicles, 1 in Sunderland and the other in Easthampton.

According to Mass. Wildlife, black bears are common in Western Massachusetts. In fact, the numbers of bears have been increasing for 30 years.

“Living in a rural community, Bears like any other animals are a common site especially this time of year when they are preparing for hibernation,” adds Redmond.

Knowing that we are living with bears in Western Mass., be sure to keep an eye on your bird feeders and trash in your yard and take extra caution while driving…especially at night.

If you see a bear in your town, it’s best to leave the animal alone and call police.


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