An outdoor security camera caught an image of a black bear wandering through south Andover Monday evening.
The image was taken near Dundas Avenue and posted on the Andover MA Community page on Facebook Tuesday morning. Later on Tuesday, another poster said he had seen a black bear on Donna Road near the border of the Bessie Goldsmith Reservation around 8:20 a.m.
In July, Andover Animal Control issued a warning after several reported sightings of a Black Bear on the other end of town, near Haggetts Pond. It’s not clear if the bear spotted Tuesday is the same bear as the one that wandered through several Merrimack Valley towns this summer and was nicknamed sunshine by an Andover police lieutenant’s child.
“At this point, many of you have likely seen photos of the bear romping around the Andover/Tewksbury/Lowell area. He has been lovingly nicknamed ‘Sunshine’ by one of our Lieutenant’s children,” Animal Control said in social media posts in July. “Please, please do not leave food out for the bear – bears have been around for a lot longer than we have and have been able to successfully find food on their own during this time. To avoid inadvertently feeding Sunshine, it is important to remove any bird feeders from your yard as well as bird baths and secure garbage cans as best as you can (bring inside the garage or basement) until Sunshine moves along.”