Where have bears been seen this summer in Mass.

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Black bears have been spotted all over eastern Massachusetts this summer.

Easton police posted a photo of a surveillance video showing a black bear near a regional high school on Tuesday night. Easton Police

Easton is the latest in a string of Massachusetts towns where a black bear was spotted passing through town on Monday.

Easton Police posted on Facebook Tuesday night that a black bear was spotted Monday near the railroad bed behind Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in South Easton.

“These bears are now becoming a common sight in our area. Be aware of and alert to your surroundings while using forested areas in the city,” the department wrote.

But Easton is far from alone. More than a dozen towns, mostly in Massachusetts and north of the city, have reported bear sightings.

According to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, black bears in the state have multiplied and expanded their territory eastward since the 1970s.

Black bears live and breed in Worcester County, northern Middlesex County, and western Berkshires.

Some bears, mostly young males and some breeding females, live in other communities in eastern Massachusetts along Route 495, the division said. Juvenile bears and roaming males are often located east of Route 495.

But many of this summer’s bear sightings have taken place well beyond areas of the state that the division considers established or expanding territory for black bears.

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife mapped where black bears have established territory and what areas they are expanding into. – Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Below is a map of where bears have been spotted in Massachusetts and New Hampshire this summer.

Timeline from recent sightings of black bears in Massachusetts and New Hampshire:

Black bear sightings in Massachusetts this summer

  • Thursday 23 June

    An injured black bear who was hit by a car in Middleborough has stranded on the median of Route 495 in Raynham.

  • Saturday July 9th

    A black bear was spotted on Deering Drive in Tewksbury.

  • sunday july 10

    A black bear was seen on Wentworth Avenue in Lowell.

  • Wednesday 13 July

    In Pepperell, a black bear has been seen climbing into a koi pond.

  • Monday 18 July

    A black bear has broken into a house in Hancock, New Hampshire.

  • tuesday 19 july

    A black bear was spotted in Woburn and in Wilmington.

  • thursday 4 august

    A black bear was spotted in a backyard in Boxford after being spotted several times earlier that week.

  • Sunday 7 August

    A black bear was seen on Center Street in Danvers and in Corbeil Park in West Peabody.

  • Monday August 8

    A black bear was spotted in Middleton Square in Middleton.

  • thursday 11 august

    Hancock Campground in Lincoln, New Hampshire, has been closed for two weeks due to increased bear activity.

  • Monday 15 August

    A black bear was spotted behind Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in South Easton.

Fishing and wildlife distribution tips to keep bears from getting near your home:

  • Remove bird feeders
  • Put your waste out the morning of the collection day, not the night before
  • Make sure your waste is in the bin and not on the sidewalk
  • Sprinkle ammonia and double pack your waste to reduce odors
  • Do not put meat scraps, oily or greasy foods and sweets on your compost heap
  • Feed your pets indoors
  • Clean grills and barbecues

If you see a bear near you, the division will tell you to yell and make a lot of noise, as the instinct will be to leave the area. If you see a bear on your property, the department says you should check it for things that might attract bears, such as food or food waste.

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