LINCOLN, Maine – A police officer scared a black bear away from a Lee Road house overnight Thursday after residents reported it loitering near their yard, according to the town’s public safety director.
Detective Mark Fucile was on patrol when residents at 869 Lee Road reported the bear coming out of the woods near their home at about 11:25 p.m. Thursday. Fucile spent about 40 minutes “shooing” the bear away before resuming patrol at about 12:05 a.m. Friday, Public Safety Director Dan Summers said.
“Bears come out of hibernation looking for food. This one didn’t seem too scared of any of the individuals there,” Summers said Friday, adding that the bear eventually moved on.
Summers said that other officers have handled several bear calls around Lincoln recently, and it has prompted him to warn residents to avoid bears whenever seen.
Bear sightings are common this time of year. A mother bear and cub were reported at Rolland F. Perry City Forest in Bangor late last month. Bears usually shy from people unless threatened, Summers said, but residents should call police or the nearest Maine Game Warden Service dispatch center to report the bears.
A game warden or police officer will respond, and if the bear is a nuisance, the game warden will relocate it, Summers said.
The Maine Game Warden dispatch centers listing at maine.gov includes several contact numbers. The Orono dispatch center number is 800-432-7381.
“Black bears happen to be very dangerous,” Summers said. “Better off to just let law enforcement handle it.”