Bears are being spotted across western Masschusetts.
Holyoke and Environmental Police had to wrangle a 200 pound bear out of a tree Monday night. Bernardston Police Chief James Palmeri has come into contact with bears in streets and his own backyard.
“In the past I’ve shot my air horn off, I beaped my horn, and for the most part they run away, said Chief Palmeri. “They are more afraid of you than you are of them.”
Bears have a great sense of smell. They’re attracted to pet food, trash, and bird feeders. If you you see any bears around, experts suggest takeing down your bird feeder and bringing in your trash bags. Residents on Log Plain Road in Greenfield will warn each other of bears in the area.
“If somebody sees a bear we kind of report to each other and everybody then takes down their feeder unless the feeder is already down,” said Judy Katz of Greenfield.
Chief Palmeri told 22News mother bears are more likely to show aggression, since they can get protective of their cubs.
Chief Palmeri also said if a bear approaches you, you should just go inside your home and wait until the bear leaves.