After two consecutive days of unconfirmed reports, police found a skittish young black bear near a patch of woods in a residential area in Northborough on Thursday morning, authorities said.
The bear, believed to be about 2 years old and weighing about 125 pounds, appeared near Fay Lane and Pleasant Street at about 6:45 a.m., before disappearing back into the woods, police said.
“We are going to have to monitor this through the day,” said Northborough police Sergeant Demosthenes Agiomavritis. “There are no signs of aggression, and we aren’t going to shoot it unless it gets aggressive.”
The Massachusetts Environmental Police and the state Department of Fish and Game were working with Northborough police on the case, police said.
If residents see the bear, they are encouraged to make noises, go inside, and call police. Police also advised residents to bring inside any bird feeders that could lure the bear.
“When the bear left, it entered the woods, headed toward protected land, on a course probably west towards Shrewsbury,” Agiomavritis said.Jasper Craven can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Jasper_Craven.