A black bear was reported roaming around the north end of Framingham Sunday night, sparking excitement in the community, but police are asking the public not to go searching for it, officials said.
The bear was walking down Pinewood Drive around 10:30 p.m., said Framingham Police Lt. Patricia Grigas. It didn’t come into direct contact with anyone, she said.
Su Ribeiro, who lives on Pinewood Drive, said she spotted the bear in her yard on her surveillance video.
“He took down my bird feeder and spent about a half an hour in the yard,” Ribeiro said in a Facebook post Monday. “He’s good size as you can see!”
The bear was probably looking for food and checking out bird feeders, Grigas said.
“It was near the aquaduct ... near a huge, wooded area. Animals have traveled out there for years,” Grigas said.
Last year, officials also received a couple reports of bears in the area — they’re scavengers, she said.
“People started going out and looking for them,” Grigas said. “That’s when it becomes problematic. We don’t want people showing up and tracking this poor bear.”
Framingham police didn’t respond to the bear sighting on Sunday, but later shared a list of things to keep in mind when dealing with the animals.
Never intentionally feed the bears, the statement — written by the Massachusetts Environmental Police — said. Officials also advised people against leaving trash bags outside, feeding pets outside, and using open compost.
“If you see a bear in your yard, harass the bear — bang pots and pans, blow a whistle or an air horn,” the statement said. “If you encounter a bear, talk to the bear in a calm voice, back away — DO NOT run — fight back if a black bear makes contact with you.”Elise Takahama can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.