Bear sighting on Rail Trail between Webster St and Turnpike Rd

Black Bear

Police have received a report of a black bear being sighted on the section of the Rail Trail that runs between Webster Street and Turnpike Road. The bear was not acting aggressively and quickly left the area but this is a trail commonly used by students walking to school and by local residents. 

This incident reminds us that pedestrians should be mindful of the possibility that bears could be seen virtually anywhere in town and to take appropriate precautions to be aware of their surroundings and to act appropriately should an encounter with a bear occur.