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2012 Westford Bear Map

Bears have been spotted on numerous occasions throughout Northern Westford recently.

Last week , and since then we've received a couple of reports of the bears wandering throughout the area.

If you see the bears, don't approach them. Call 978-692-2161, mention your incident here and remember the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife rules for peaceful co-existence with bears...

Michelle October 01, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Little Bear in backyard on Village View Road, 10/1 at 8am. He ate birdseed and went back in woods.
Think Twice October 02, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Full grown black bear encountered while bike riding trails just behind the Pine Grove Cemetery (by Westford Water Dept.) at Noon on 10/2.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Hi Michelle, can you narrow it down on Village View Road a little?
Dawn Matthews October 11, 2012 at 06:26 PM
This is second hand knowledge, there was a bear sighted at 82 Main Street last night and at around 8am this morning. The people in this house have beehives so I guess the bear is after the honey
Skippy October 11, 2012 at 07:02 PM
It made the rounds, knocking over bird feeders, on Kirsi yesterday.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 07:08 PM
We did a story on that apiary on Main Street last year! (http://westford.patch.com/articles/video-beekeeping-on-main-street#video-8504943) Map's updated. Will try to check in each week. A resident e-mailed me some photos earlier in the week, please upload here rather than e-mailing me, that saves everybody time.
D Thompson October 12, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Medium sized black bear took & ate pumpkin from 10 Crusade Rd. today around 9:45am. Made his way somewhere back down Crusade, assuming toward Tadmuck.
Michelle October 12, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Not comfortable giving my address, so I'll say once you enter the street, it's about a 1/2 mi down from 225.
Concerned Family October 15, 2012 at 03:43 PM
What happens when these bears get frustrated and can no longer find food? The bears do not belong in residential neighborhoods that have been established for many decades. A well-developed, residential neighborhood is NOT their natural habitat. I can't believe the town is taking a "wait and see" approach. What happens in this scenario ... kids and parents are playing in their front yard. The young kids decide they want to play in the back. They run around the house and in the back a bear looking for food. The kids are giggling a little, startle the bear. Does it run in the opposite direction or towards the kids? Do we really want to find out? While they are beautiful animals, they deserve to live in their natural habitat; a forest with ample natural food. The bears have become more bold and no one can predict what they might do. I hope the town comes to their senses and decides on a plan of action BEFORE some innocent person is harmed; whether it is a kid playing, a family walking hoe from the bus stop, a runner running or a biker biking.
Mark Childs October 16, 2012 at 05:40 PM
This morning I received word that someone spotted a bear at 10:30 last night crossing Russell's Way in my neighborhood, Greystone. I went outside and found the bear had knocked over two of the three bee hives behind our house. I was sorry to see the damage, of course, but am glad to live in a town with wildlife - it makes life more interesting. I'm hopeful the bees will survive, by the way. The bear didn't actually break any equipment or even, apparently, eat any honey.
Michelle October 16, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I agree with you, Mark. I love the wildlife that shows up in my yard. I live in an "established" neighborhood that is almost completely surrounded by woods so it's no surprise that bears are going to show up occasionally. Many people don't realize that bears have been in Westford for a long time. Unlike grizzlies, black bears are not aggressive animals and would run away if you happened upon one of them in your yard. To discourage them from coming near your house, take down birdfeeders, pet food, and secure garbage cans.
Mark Childs October 16, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Unfortunately, taking down beehives is a bit more problematic than taking down birdfeeders! From my research it seems the only solution may be an electric fence. The state of New Hampshire actually pays for the cost of an electric fence after a bear damages a hive, because they recognize the value of bees for agriculture. Massachusetts doesn't do the same thing. A bit surprising given the whole red state, blue state reputations!
Lisa October 17, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Mark, I really appreciate your perspective on this. My neighbor's hives were pretty well destroyed by a bear last week. The bear hung around for a few days, but seems to have moved on. The loss of bees is devastating, and, assuming the bears aren't leaving town any time soon, I hope a win-win solution for you awesome beekeepers and the bears can be found. Please keep us informed about the electric fence possibility should you pursue that.
Patti Mason October 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM
About 7- 10 days ago - we had a bear between 22 and 24 Old Homestead Rd. He loved the Sunflower plants and tore off the flower/seed pods.
Lauren Evans October 21, 2012 at 01:03 AM
At around 12:20 p.m. on October 20 a bear visited our backyard at 6 Sherwood Dr. It did not seem to be interested in anything in our yard and did not damage anything, but it sure put our dog in a tizzy when he saw it in the yard.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) October 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Bear Map has been updated -- keep the sightings coming here in the comments section!
Peter October 22, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Had bear in back yard on Main Street just below Frost for 3 days weekend before last. Knocked down 3 hives which I rebuilt several time. Then a bear took out my 4 hives on Hill Orchard, I believe probably Tuesday or Wednesday last week. Don't hold out much hope for them. Bear returned here to Main Street last night took out the 3 rebuilt hives again and this time destroyed a fourth too. One hive is still queen right that I rebuilt this morning and have just found a loose queen with a couple of pounds of bees on the ground that I'll try to lure back into a box. So far this year have lost to bears approx 150 frames, 3 deep boxes, 2 bottom boards and 9 hives of bees
Mark Childs October 22, 2012 at 07:56 PM
That's really bad news about your hives, Peter. We were very lucky in comparison and so far the bear hasn't come back. Have you tried electric fences?
Peter October 22, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Have one but it's not around the hives, not much point now this year, though I think I have managed to lure the cluster and loose queen into a couple of medium brood boxes. If so, and they survive the night I'll trya nd combine them with one of the other clusters that don't appear to have a queen. Not a shy bear this one. It spent the day in the old orchard attached to 1 Leland and just now gave a commuter quite a shock as it decided to cross Main Street in the rush hour traffic (4.30pm). Was the same the 3 days he was here. Was walking around on the front porch looking in the windows, gave the dog quite a turn too. Also spent several hours on Thu and Sat sleeping on the log pile, guess it doesn't like the damp ground.
Peter October 22, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Wonder if there are any kids on the Abbott playing field this evening. Could be exciting for them, bear just crossed Academy/Fisher Way and is in the woods heading towards Abbott school.
Andrew J. Macbeth October 22, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Bear was seen yesterday evening at around 5:30pm behind Connolly Insurance in Westford Center. After helping himself to some cornfeed in a wheel barrow, he sauntered along the back edge of the properties at 6,8,10, and 12 Boston Rd, where he/she turned into the woods.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Updated! We've been getting reports in Chelmsford too, so expanding to there.
Peter November 04, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Bear back at 82 Main Street last night. Ripped apart one rebuilt hive
Lisa November 07, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Saw a bear while driving down Graniteville Rd...on the front lawn of #22 at 3:00 this afternoon.
Rob Putala March 06, 2013 at 02:22 PM
I had a bear at my bird feeder Monday night (March 4, 2013). I walked into my back yard and was confronted by this bear. I went inside and watched him/her for at least one hour before it left. 6 Unicorn Drive.
Doug Shepherd March 06, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Yea he was out and about Monday. He was spotted on North St too, headed your way haha
Doug Shepherd March 11, 2013 at 06:21 PM
He was on my deck at 10:20 last night. I'll upload a pic of his Paw Print vs my hand
Bianca March 25, 2013 at 03:18 AM
We just saw a black bear on Nutting Road.
E Sawyer April 10, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Black bear was on Cherry Lane and Dunstable this evening (6 pm). On Dunstable, strolled through backs yards sniffing the ground and paying little attention to the police officers and residents watching from a ways off.
Joanne Ragwar June 05, 2013 at 02:14 PM
The bear was at the corner of Tenney and Long Sought For Pond Rd a couple of weeks ago. Scares me!

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