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Black Bear Sighted Near Newton/Needham Line

After being spotted Monday morning on the Newton/Needham line, it appears the bear has moved his way through Newton and toward Brookline.

Updated 9 p.m.

According to scanner reports from local police, the black bear has been spotted near the Brookline/Newton line at . 

3 p.m.

In other wacky wildlife news, . 

The moose was last spotted in the area of Parker Road and Brookmere Avenue, which is off Route 9 and roughy five and a half miles from the Newton line. 

1:12 p.m.

According to Reginald Zimmerman, a spokesman for the state's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the bear seems to have left the Newton/Needham area where it was first spotted earlier this morning.

Zimmerman said Environmental Police and local police teamed up earlier today to search the area for the bear. 

Residents are reminded to "keep their distance" if they spot a bear and to bring in all bird feeders or leftover food, Zimmerman said. Residents should also try to cover all trash when possible to prevent any odors that would lure a bear into a residential area.

12:27 p.m.

The has sent out an alert to its members warning of the black bear sighting on the Newton/Needham line.

The email reads:

The Newton Police Department has confirmed that a black bear has been sighted in the area of 2nd Ave in Needham this morning.  The Mass. Environmental Police are currently looking for it. 

As a precaution to JCC members, visitors, staff and camp families, please be aware of your surroundings while at the JCC and while in the general vicinity. If you see the bear, please do not approach it. Please do not attempt to photograph it. Walk slowly away and call 911 to report your location. Thank you.  

11:37 a.m. According to scanner reports, daycares near the Newton/Needham line are on a "lock down" following the bear sighting off 2nd Avenue.

Posted earlier:

A black bear has reportedly been sighted in Needham near the Newton line. 

The issued a Swiftreach 9-1-1 call and sent out an e-mail alert on Monday, June 25 at around 10:11 a.m.

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The call states: "This call is from the Needham Police Department to notify you that a black bear has been sighted in the wooded area between Second Avenue, Highland Avenue, and the Charles River. Residents are advised not approach the bear and to contact local police if they see the bear."

Scanner reports indicate the bear may have headed in to Newton and is moving its way up Needham Street. 

According to the alert, Needham Police officers as well as Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers are on the scene attempting to locate the bear and resolve the situation safely.

Updates about the situation will be posted on the town of Needham website, www.needhamma.gov.

Newton Patch will have more information as it becomes available.

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Newton Girl June 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I hope they catch him. A lot of children play at that park.
Adam Maleson January 05, 2013 at 09:59 AM
He was just looking for those Bear Necessities. The things that put a bear at ease. Forget about your troubles and your strife!

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