Bedford Animal Control Provides Safety Tips for Wild Animal Interactions

Animal Control Officer Mike Leskouski would like to inform residents about a recent bear sighting reported by residents and share tips for avoiding aggressive behavior from any wild animal.

Last Friday evening, a bear sighting was reported on Fayette Road in Bedford. There was no interaction between the animal and any residents in the area.

Bears and other wild animals, such as bats, turkeys, and sick animals can be dangerous and Bedford Police would like to encourage all residents to avoid interacting with them.

Residents are urged to immediately contact Animal Control via the Bedford Police Department at (781) 275-1212 for

  • Any animal that behaves oddly or aggressively
  • Human or pet interactions with wild mammals
  • A scratch or bite from a wild or domestic animal

Bedford Animal Control would like to share the following tips from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to help residents protect themselves, their pets and their homes from wild animals:

  • Remove food sources from your yard and neighborhood. Do not leave bird feeders, open compost piles, trash bags or pet food outside in the open – make sure to keep them indoors or in closed spaces.
  • Make sure to take precautions when letting your dog out or walking your dog, checking to make sure there are no bears around, and keeping dogs leashed on walks.
  • Never feed or handle wild animals. If you find a sick or injured animal, do not try and help it. Contact the Animal Control officer for guidance and assistance. Teach children to never approach animals they don’t know.
  • Close off crawl spaces under porches, decks, and sheds to prevent wild animals from creating dens or nests in these areas.
  • If you see a bear in your yard, harass the bear by making loud noises. If you encounter a bear, talk to it in a calm voice and slowly back away – DO NOT run.

If you would like to learn more about wildlife and preventing problems with wildlife, visit the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife website

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