Today around 6:40 am the Yarmouth Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in South Yarmouth received several phone calls from citizens in Yarmouthport reporting the sighting of a large bear.
Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers responded to the areas of the sightings which started in the Center Street area of Yarmouthport and continued eastward to the Route 6A area near the Bass River Rod and Gun Club and then the golf course area at Kings Way with the final report being in the marsh area of Bray Farm heading into the Town of Dennis.
Last night around 8pm the bear was reported near the overpass on Route 6A before Barnstable Village and on Sunset Lane in the village which runs along Barnstable Harbor, said Sargent Sean Sweeney in a Cape Cod Times report.
This morning Yarmouth Police Officers were unable to locate the bear and there have been no further reports in the Town of Yarmouth.
The Yarmouth Police Department has notified the Dennis Police Department as well as the Yarmouth Department of Natural Resources and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
State officials advise that there is no significant cause of alarm. Officials report that the best advice is to give the bear its space and do not over react.
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife are the lead agency in this event and are monitoring the situation. For additional information please contact South East District Supervisor Jason Zimmer at 5087593406.
Information from a Yarmouth Police press release.