The "Bear" Facts In West Springfield

West Springfield  Mayor Will Reichelt is proposing a new ordinance in an effort to  prevent bears and other wildlife from populating residential areas.  

The  proposal would fine residents who feed wildlife.  Specifically, bird  feeders are targeted in the ordinance, but aren't completely banned.   

Reichelt says West Springfield  has seen a sharp increase in wild animal conflicts with humans, and  says they are avoidable if people would do a better job of securing food  sources.

(Photo Credit:  West Springfield Mayors Office)


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