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Black bear cub makes the rounds in Sturbridge

Sturbridge Police Department

Keep your honey and bird seed locked up, Sturbridge residents.

A black bear cub has been spotted in town several times this week, and police are asking people to be mindful of what they keep outside, a police spokeswoman said.

The cub was first seen near Walker Pond Monday, but Sturbridge police dispatcher Eileen Friedrich said the department has received many additional reports since then.

“He hasn’t bothered anyone,” Friedrich said in a telephone interview. “He’s just been roaming around.”

Sturbridge often sees bears during the warm months, she said.

“We get tons of reports every year,” Friedrich said.

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife encourages people to store garbage, bird seed, and other foods inside.


“In residential areas where bears are known to be present, the entire neighborhood must take recommended actions, or bears will move from yard to yard seeking food,” Marion Larson, the division’s chief information and education officer, said in a statement.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
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