Yesterday the Newmarket police department posted that this big dude was helping himself to some birdseed in someone's backyard in Newmarket! Can you imagine looking out your window and being like "Hey! That's not a bird!"

According to the post, the sighting occurred on Wadleigh Falls Rd near in the area of the Loiselle Conservation Area.

The Newmarket PD also offered some tips on how to deal with black bears. This information came from New Hampshire Fish and Game:

  • Normal trail noise should alert bears to your presence and prompt them to move without being noticed. However, if you see a bear, keep your distance.
  • Make it aware of your presence by clapping, talking or making other sounds.
  • If a bear does not immediately leave after seeing you, the presence or aroma of food may be encouraging it to stay. Remove any sight or smell of foods. Place food items inside a vehicle or building.
  • Occupy a vehicle or building until the bear wanders away.
  • Black bears will sometimes "bluff charge" when cornered, threatened or attempting to steal food.
  • Stand your ground and slowly back away.
  • Enjoy watching black bears and other wildlife from a distance. Respect them and their right to live in wild New Hampshire.
  • Black bears do not typically exhibit aggressive behavior, even when confronted. Their first response is to flee. Black bears rarely attack or defend themselves against humans.

According to New Market PD, the most important thing to remember is that these animals live here too. We might be afraid of them but it is important that we respect their space and they will return the favor.

Have you ever spotted a black bear in a residential neighborhood?