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Police warn of hungry bears in Groton

As the weather starts to warm up, bears are starting to wake up from hibernation. But watch out; they are hungry, police say.

Groton police reported two bear sightings in the town Sunday, one on Hoyts Wharf Road and the other on Hayden Road, Officer Kathy Newell said by phone Monday.

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Newell said police believe it was the same black bear in both incidents.

The bear was not vicious, she said; it was just looking for some bird seed to munch on.

“They’re waking up after quite a few months,” said Newell. “They’re really hungry.”

Residents are advised to bring bird feeders inside at night and to be careful with small pets, she said.

Marion Larson, spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, said that bears ordinarily start coming out in March.

“This year it’s somewhat delayed due to the amount of snow cover and cold temperatures,” she said.

Larson said she did not yet have an accurate count of how many bears have been seen, but she expects many more sightings in the next few weeks.

Larson advised residents to keep food off their property. That will deter the animals, she said.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
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