How to keep hungry bears away from your backyard

Hampshire County

As the weather warms up, black bear sightings have become increasingly common, especially in rural parts of western Massachusetts. But one was trapped in a tree in Holyoke a couple weeks ago.

If you want to keep these wild animals out of your yard, don’t feed them. Take down bird feeders and make sure your trash is tightly secured and put away until trash day.

“[Our trash] is kept in the garage, so there’s no food outside,” Ware resident James Przypek told 22News. “I think we’re just lucky because we have a dog. In the yard, it does its business and I think the scent of that will keep certain animals away.”

Despite their large size, bears are a lot faster than you think. Some bears can run as fast as 30 miles an hour.

Never approach a bear. If there’s one outside your house or car, you should stay inside.

If you can safely take a picture of any bears near your home, you can email it to us at

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