Photos used in this story are courtesy of Libby Lord Photography.
Over the past few weeks there has been a real increase in bear sightings, we had one at our home in Lanesborough where the bear was taller than my husband at six foot one on the porch taking out the rubbish which i think the bear had the same idea except his way of taking out the trash is out of the box and it’s usually a mess!!
I spoke with Lorna who works at Lanesborough Town Hall, she said she had one brought to her neighborhood, and three other people in the area said much the same.
If you were wondering, there has been an increase in bears when it comes to population. There has been an increase in bears every year for some time now.
There was a bit of excitement yesterday in Simsbury, it wasn’t your usual sighting, it was a sighting and a save when a mother bear and her cubs were discovered in one of the storm drains of a residential street.
Of course, the mama bear was scared for her babies, she cried all night and many neighbors heard her screaming for help.
It turned into a bustling place with officers from the Simsbury Police Department, State Environmental Conservation Police and DEEP State Biologists.
Keith Bona (aka Mayor of Main St North Adams) said:
They decided to lift the grates over two of the storm drains and assess if she could get out, but as they did, she traveled further down the pipe to another drain. They decided to remove that grate and put a plank and ladder in it hoping she would try to get the cubs out.
So the men moved the plank, ladder and log into the storm drain closest to her to see if it would do. They continued to watch her. But DEEP Biologists have not given up.
Due to due diligence on the part of everyone helping, it paid off. Everyone backed up and then the mum’s head popped up! Then she came out, looked around and came back to encourage the little ones to come out too.
The first cub climbed up and out and moved near a nearby tree, then mom went to get cub #2.
Mom made sure the whole family was together.
They left much happier.
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