- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) - Officials say black bear sightings are on the rise in Rhode Island.

Case in point was a black bear spotted exploring the deck of a home in the Providence County village of Burrillville.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1OYsRQ8 ) Burrillville Animal Control received numerous reports of other sightings of the same bear after posting a photo on the department’s Facebook page.

Charlie Brown, a Department of Environmental Management wildlife biologist, says black bear sightings are becoming more common in Rhode Island as of late, specifically in the wooded northwest.

Brown says recent sightings are likely of young males traveling from Connecticut or Massachusetts in search of new territory.



Black bears are the only species of bear known to inhabit Rhode Island. It is against state law to feed or hunt them.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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