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Bear Sightings Just Outside Westford

Tyngsborough Police report that bears have been sighted near the Westford border.

Earlier today, the Tyngsborough Police reported on the town of Tyngsborough Facebook page that three bear sightings were made on Scribner and Groton Road, just north of Long Sought-for Pond in Westford.

The is asking residents to remain inside their homes if they spot bears rather than approach them and call 978-692-2161.

More information on bears in Massachusetts can be found at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife website.

Kathleen Spaeth May 15, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Andrew, thank you for the Alert. This is only 1-mile from our house, here in Tyngsboro, so we will keep a watchful eye out for them (and alert the neighbors). We also drive through the area daily!
Jeanne M. Lemieux May 15, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Does the police really have to be called. Why not just let them be, rather than start chasing them and making matters worse. Most likey they will move. Just a thought.
David Katz May 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Luckily, the bears only seem to be in the snowy parts of Westford.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Yup, that was the quickest "bears in the wild" stock photo I can find. Westford has had snow at one point! It's just easy to forget given that winter.
Kathleen Spaeth May 16, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I have to admit that we had seen Bear tracks, a few snowy winters ago, on our property and we weren't alarmed (we have lived throughout the country and we have learned to "live with nature"! But I was surprised that the Tyngsboro Police only reported the latest bear sightings on their Facebook page only (and didn't post anything on their website). Really, I don't Facebook but I do subscribe to the Westford Patch. I am planning on having a little chat about this with Chief Mulligan. So thank you again Andrew for keeping us informed. I also giggled about the "bears in the wild" stock photo, but I realized that you were scrambling to find a photo and that was what was available. At least you didn't use the "Bear falling onto the trampoline stock video" that Fox News uses everytime they report on a bear sighting. Jeanne, I don't believe that the bears were chased but that the "reporting party" was just surprised by them and reported them to the Tyngsboro Police (so that the word would get out to the rest of the populace and so that our Animal Officer could be alerted and placed on standby: just in case). I also believe that it is the intent of our Animal Officer to not do anything but give the bears a wide berth and just let them move on! And no, they don't attack (and eat) small dogs (or cats) either! There were people thinking and reporting this on Facebook, they are herbivores and they were eating people's birdseed and vegetables only.
Anne Shirley May 20, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I just saw two black bears on Tyngsboro Rd in Westford in the woods near the side of the road, around 4 PM. They caused traffic to stop, as people were stopping to look and take pictures.
Dan D. May 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Don't bother them. They can and will hurt you if they feel threatened and cornered or if they view you as a threat to their cubs. If you have bird feeders out, they can be unbearable pests. I couldn't resist.
Annette Cerullo May 22, 2012 at 06:53 PM
A mother bear and her two cubs have been on North Hill Road the last few days in our neighbors yards. They got into chicken feed and knocked over bird feeders on poles. So, they are out and about and are looking for food. Annette C.
Anne Borkowski May 24, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I had three tackling my feeder three weeks ago, and another one last night.
Anne Borkowski May 24, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I live on Davis Road near Scribner Hill.
Vincent DiRico May 24, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Are you sure it wasn't a carnival employee? sorry couldn't resist ;)
Anne Borkowski May 24, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Har,Har Vincent!

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