Like them or not, they’re just another sign of spring: bears rising from hibernation and rambling into people’s backyards in a hunt for food.
A resident of Country Village Lane in Sudbury called in a bear sighting around 8:45 p.m. Monday, police said.
Nothing happened during the incident, unlike the previous night in Auburn, where a resident shot and killed a bear eating birdseed in his backyard. He has since been charged with baiting and killing the wild animal, according to the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester.
Massachusetts Environmental Police have received roughly 25 reports of bears in residential neighborhoods across the state since January, said Reggie Zimmerman, with the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
This month, bears will begin to emerge from hibernation, seeking food and mating partners, the spokesman said.
Last year, Environmental Police received about 400 bear reports, Zimmerman said.
Black bears have been increasing their numbers and territory in the Bay State for the past 30 years, according to the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s website.