Karen Brown

1:25am

Fri April 6, 2012
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Bears Stuffing Themselves Near Massachusetts Homes

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 5:33 pm

A black bear enjoys the landscaping of a Northampton, Mass., resident's yard. Northampton has been dealing with an unusual number of bears this year.
Courtesy of Alan Seewald

The mild New England winter means that more bears are up and about, looking for food — and not just in the woods. They're also exploring urban backyards and residential streets. The small town of Northampton, Mass., has more than its share of furry visitors.

In Northampton, a call on a neighborhood email list for tales of recent bear encounters netted about about a dozen responses in an hour. Almost everyone, it seems, has a bear story.

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