Freedom — May 19, 2010 — Recent bear sightings on Berry Bay are a reminder that the animals are hungry and on the move at this time of year. The most recent sighting was reported last night on Berry Bay in Freedom when West Bay Road residents Allan and Gale Riley said they spotted a black bear, which they described as “huge,” in their front yard around 8:30 p.m.
The bear wandered around the property before heading toward the woods, the couple said in an email alerting their neighbors.
The Rileys said their bird feeder had been hit, presumably by a bear, the previous week, and that a PSNH meter reader had recently spotted a bear in the vicinity.
Specialists say bears are very active at this time of year and freely roam the lake area because there is so little human activity. Bears ordinarily shun contact with humans.
Since bears are especially attracted to bird feeders, residents are advised to remove them until later in the season when the animals retreat further into the woods as more people populate the lake.
Freedom authorities and N.H. Fish & Game have been advised about the recent sightings. If you spot a bear in your part of the lake, please file a report with your local police department.