Bear found in tree outside Westfield apartment complex

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WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Bear sightings continue in residential areas across western Massachusetts.

Tuesday morning, a viewer sent 22News a photo of a black bear in a tree at the Powdermill Village Apartments in Westfield.

When 22News got there minutes later, it had already crossed Union Street, and climbed up a tree in a woman’s backyard on Fowler Street Extension.

Powder Mill Village resident Ray Gonzalez spoke with 22News about the sighting.

“All of a sudden, she was right here going across the street and she saw the bear coming, so she had to pick up my dog and ran into this building where the stairs is, but I think the bear was more scared than she was,” Gonzalez said.

The bear stayed in the tree for over an hour, possibly due to the loud noises coming from nearby businesses.

Black bears are native to New England, and while sightings in residential communities are relatively rare, they can happen from time to time. In order to lower your chances of having a bear on your property, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife recommends removing any potential food sources for them. That means avoid putting out bird feeders, keep your trash secure, and do not feed your pets outside.