WALPOLE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Walpole police are warning residents about a black bear that was spotted last Tuesday night.
Home surveillance footage captured the bear wandering off Leonard Road, a densely populated area close to Johnson Middle School.
"As communities continue to build up and increase development, it is pushing out wildlife into areas we're not used to usually seeing them," said Deputy Chief Robert Kilroy.
Police are urging residents that should they encounter a bear, they should contact their local authorities.
"Don't approach them, don't follow them into the woods trying to get photos or anything like that," said Kilroy. "They are wild animals, they're not used to human interaction. They can be aggressive. They can be dangerous. While they may look innocent and cute, there is the potential for danger."
Police are also asking residents to keep their trash locked up and secure, and not to leave food outside.
WBZ's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports.