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Chicopee homeowners find bear stuck in their tree

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CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

An unusual visitor was found perched in the front lawn of a Chicopee home.

Three bears have been roaming around the Burnett Road area and Tuesday, one ended up camping out in a tree. 
            
The city is not a likely place to see a bear, but sure enough, one made his way over to a tree on Burnett Road. 

"It was a monstrous bear up in that tree," said Janice Roy.

Chicopee residents John and Janice Roy did a double take after a black bear made himself at home in their front yard.

"I was confused.  There were cruisers up there and couldn't figure out what was going on, looking at the tree, and I was like what are they looking at?" added Janice Roy.

The bear may be tough to see at first, but this guy is no cub and tipped the scales at about 200 pounds. 

"They came and finally blocked the road off," John Roy noted.

Burnett Road is a congested area.  Once the traffic picked up this morning, the uneasy bear climbed up the tree and that is where he stayed for three long hours. 

"We've had deer in our yard, skunks, raccoons, you name it," John Roy said.

Right across the road is Chicopee Memorial State Park.  Once police stopped traffic, the Roys told Western Mass News that officials used a noise-making device to coax the bear across the street.

"I don't see bears as a normal everyday thing, but he was very comfortable up there," Janice Roy explained.

If you come across a bear, your best bet is to leave it alone.

If the animal poses a threat or is in need of help, contact your local police or MassWildlife. 

You can see the bear advisory sheet that police have posted in the past by clicking here.

Do you have any bear photos or videos? Send them to us at tips@westernmassnews.com

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