SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Bears have woken up all over western Massachusetts. They’ve come out of their hibernation and as from pictures sent to 22News from Granville, they’ve made their way into our backyards.
Black bears are the most common type of bear in western Massachusetts. They can weigh up to 400 pounds and you’ll typically find them in wooded areas although they could show up in rural areas as well.
They showed up in East Longmeadow on Wednesday and the East Longmeadow PD managed to get pictures. Emily Bouwer is a Zookeeper at the Forest Park Zoo, she believes all these bears are out searching for food.
“Bring your bird feeders in at night, if you have trash with food items in it, don’t leave it outside, put it in your garage. Anything that smells strongly or smells like food they will be attracted to,” said Bouwer.
If you find yourself face to face with a bear, back away slowly, stand tall, wave your arms and be as loud as possible. Bears and other animals are coming closer to our homes this time of year.
If a wild animal damages your property, Bill Trudeau from the Insurance Center of New England told 22News your home insurance probably covers you, with some exceptions, like insects and vermin.
“You’re not going to be covered for birds, you’re not going to be covered for skunk damage, rodents, mice, termites etc. Those things unfortunately are things that the homeowners has to deal with without the benefit of insurance,” said Trudeau.
Bears are more active early in the morning or at night.