Beware of the bear: Bruin rambles through Northborough, heads toward Shrewsbury

After two consecutive days of unconfirmed reports, police found a skittish, young black bear near a patch of woods in a residential area in Northborough on Thursday morning, authorities said.

The bear, believed to be around 2 years old and weighing about 125 pounds, showed up near Fay Lane and Pleasant Street at around 6:45 a.m., before disappearing back into the woods, police said.

“We are going to have to monitor this through the day,” said Northborough police Sergeant Demosthenes Agiomavritis. “There are no signs of aggression, and we aren’t going to shoot it unless it gets aggressive.”

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The Massachusetts Environmental Police and the state Department of Fish and Game are working with Northborough police to handle the situation, police said.

If residents see the bear, they are encouraged to make noises, go inside, and call police. Police are also advising residents to bring in any bird feeders that could lure the bear.

“When the bear left, it entered the woods, headed toward protected land, on a course probably west towards Shrewsbury,” Agiomavritis said.