West Springfield: Adult black bear sighting on Prospect in Bear Hole near Four Corners.

Adult black bear sighting on Prospect in Bear Hole near Four Corners. Photo courtesy of Susan Muncy. This bear had a red ear tag, which can bee seen in the closer photo. The Environmental Committee conferenced with the Deputy Commissioner of MA Fish & Wildlife and she explained the following:

MA does not use red tags. Red tagged bear are usually from NY or CT. So this bear has traveled!

MA uses two colors to tag bear. Yellow and blue. Yellow is a safety relocation because for example, the bear meandered into downtown W Spfld, had to be tranquilized and relocated.

Blue are research bear. As of September 2016, 18 bear had blue tags in MA, of which also have radio tracking collars. All other blue tagged bears have no collar. Cubs are never radio collared…more:.facebook.com/wsenvironmentalcommittee