AYER - Yes, the black bear is becoming a familiar sight in these parts.
On Monday, June 18, the Ayer Police sent out a text message alert to subscribers advising that there was a black bear meandering around the streets just north of the downtown area.
"There is a small bear roaming the neighborhood of Highland Ave," read the 5 a.m. Ayer Police alert. "DO NOT APPROACH if seen. Police are in the area. They will give instructions if necessary." There were no incidents reported with the bear causing any harm.
One person who reports seeing the bear is Catherine Coulter, wife of recent Ayer selectmen candidate Mark Coulter. On Monday, Mark Coulter said Catherine "walked out on our deck the black bear was staring at her as he/she dug at grape vines hanging in our yard."
"He/she slowly turned and walked away into the thicket behind the neighbor's house," said Coulter. "Catherine said it was a medium size bear with a back as tall as the cooking surface of a gas grill and lengthwise just shy of the length of a gas grill."
Do you have a picture of the black bear? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the date, time and location of the bear's whereabouts.
You can sign up for text and email alerts from the Ayer Police at www.nixle.com.