AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Black bear sightings continue in residential neighborhoods of western Massachusetts, with one of the most recent sightings in the town of Agawam.
22News viewer Kevin Atkinson used our Report It feature to send us photos of the bear, who was seen moving through residents’ front yards on Poinsettia Street, off Route 75, at around 12:30 Monday afternoon. Atkinson said he saw the bear approaching the front door of one home, but leaving without incident.
In the past few weeks, bears have been spotted in residential sections of Wilbraham, Westfield, Longmeadow, and South Deerfield among other locations. Larger cities have also been affected- in early July, a bear was seen wandering through the city of Hartford.
Black bear sightings can happen at any time of the year, but are most common between April and November, when bears enter their dens for the winter.
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