MIDDLETON, MASS. (WHDH) — A resident of a home in Middleton where a bear had attacked her goats and chickens shot and killed the bear, according to the Massachusetts Environmental Police Department.
Police said around 7:30 p.m. on September 29, a black bear attacked and killed two goats in the house. The next morning, around 8:30 a.m., residents found the same bear attacking their chickens in the chicken coop, killing eight of them. One of the residents of the home shot the bear.
After MEP said the person shot the bear, they notified Middleton Police and MEP. The bear was an 80 pound male.
Although MEP is investigating the incident, they found that a law in Massachusetts allows residents under certain circumstances to kill a bear caught in the act damaging property. So far no charges have been filed.
Deputies also noted that black bear sightings are increasing in eastern Massachusetts. Typically, the agency does not intervene directly when bears venture onto homeowners’ property. The bears usually move on in search of available food.
MEP recommends installing electric fences to prevent these types of attacks.
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