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UPDATE: Black Bear Sighted in Needham

Needham Police say the animal was seen in the wooded area between Second and Highland avenues and the Charles River.

Updated 1:12 p.m.

According to Reginald Zimmerman, a spokesman for the state's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the black bear seems to have left the Newton/Needham area where it was first spotted earlier this morning.

Zimmerman said Environmental Police and local police teamed up earlier today to search the area for the bear. 

Residents are reminded to "keep their distance" if they spot a bear and to bring in all bird feeders or leftover food, Zimmerman said. Residents should also try to cover all trash when possible to prevent any odors that would lure a bear into a residential area.

Updated 11:37 a.m. According to scanner reports, daycares near the Newton/Needham line are on a "lock down" following the bear sighting off Second Avenue.

A black bear has reportedly been sighted around Needham.

The issued a Swiftreach 9-1-1 call and sent out an e-mail alert on Monday, June 25 at around 10:11 a.m.

The call states: "This call is from the Needham Police Department to notify you that a black bear has been sighted in the wooded area between Second Avenue, Highland Avenue, and the Charles River. Residents are advised not approach the bear and to contact local police if they see the bear."

According to the alert, Needham Police officers as well as Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers are on the scene attempting to locate the bear and resolve the situation safely.

Updates about the situation will be posted on the town of Needham website, www.needhamma.gov.

Needham Patch will have more information as it becomes available.

Stephen Walsh contributed to this report.

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