June 18, 2018
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Bears spotted near Kennebunk school; principal taking precautions

By Laura Dolce, York County Coast Star

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Police say they’ve received multiple reports of two possible bears seen around town in the past few days.

Kennebunk police Lt. Tony Bean Burpee said three reports came in on Tuesday, with a small bear, possibly a cub, spotted on Boothby Road, Blue Heron and at the Franciscan Monastery on Beach Avenue.

“It was into trash cans and bird feeders,” he said. “Typical bear behavior.”

Bean Burpee said the department contacted the Maine Warden Service, which paid a visit to the area. The wardens also received a report of a larger bear, possibly a mother bear, on the marsh.

At 9 a.m. Wednesday, the department received a report of a larger bear attempting to cross Sea Road, near Sea Road School, Bean Burpee said.

The department’s animal control officer went to the school and spoke with the principal, who brought the students indoors for recess. The school, which has early dismissal today, is taking precautions, Bean Burpee said.

Bean Burpee said the department doesn’t believe the bears are rabid, since their behavior is typical of bears seeking food.

“They just got turned around,” he said.

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