Four Bears Spotted Roaming West Springfield Neighborhood
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Everyone seems to be excited about Tuesday’s nice weather, including a group of bears that came out to enjoy a morning walk.
Around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Kelly Dawson and her husband, Jeff, spotted these four bears roaming around Edgewood Road in West Springfield.
“We ran frantically to get our cameras,” says Dawson. She adds, “It was kind of neat to see them this morning, but also kind of scary. We have a 4 month old daughter and we were just out for a walk last evening. It’s just a reminder we need to keep our eyes open.”
The bears walked along the road for a short time before heading back thon the dirt trail and back into the woods. Animal control says as long as the bears aren’t causing any problems, the best thing to do is just leave them alone.
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“Most of the time when a black bear encounters a person or animal they are going to take off; they are quite fearful. Your best bet if you see them is to make a lot of noise, don’t approach them.. but just try to deter them from the area,” says Hannah Chapman, of W. Springfield Animal Control.
And she informed us of the things you can do to prevent a bear coming to your yard-
“Most of these animals when they come on your property its just beause they are looking for something to eat, so if you have garbage out you want to make sure you cover it up, use bunjee cords or something to keep it secure… If you have berries in your yard, expect to have wildlife come to eat it,” adds Chapman.
There are about 3,000 black bears in Western Mass.