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Police: Report Of A Black Bear In A Residential Neighborhood

Police issue warning to residents.

issued a reverse 911 call Wednesday evening after a black bear was reportedly sighted in the area of Sesame Streetand Doherty Way off Whipple Road.

Officers and Animal Control were unable to locate the bear and confirm its appearance in the residential neighborhood. However, police are warning residents to use caution and not to approach the bear if it emerges from the woods again.

The following is a text of the reverse 911 call made by police:

"This is the Tewksbury Police Department calling regarding the unconfirmed sighting of a black bear in the area of Doherty Way and Sesame St at 9:15 this evening. Residents are advised to bring in pets, take down bird feeders and secure refuse containers.
If you see the bear Do not approach the bear call 911. Call At:
978-851-7373."

Sean Czarniecki May 31, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I'm in the area and received a phone call, but it was a CodeRED call, not a reverse 911. A friend of mine dead smack in the "hot zone" did not receive a call - they were not signed up for CodeRED yet. Question(s) to anyone who may know: Are we going to fully transition to CodeRED? If not, what justifies using one over the other? If we ARE going to fully transition, I think we need to really push getting people into the CodeRED database, because if they have ever received a reverse 911 call, they will think that they don't need to do anything. If no one has the answer here, I'll dig a little deeper.
Walter White May 31, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I have decided to leave my bird feeders out....Big Bird needs to eat.
Melissa Gleaton May 31, 2012 at 02:27 PM
does anyone have information on how to get into this CodeRED database?
Flynn Landscaping May 31, 2012 at 02:35 PM
What does it matter? I never got a reverse call when the guy robbed the lady monday and i live right behind there.. People are slacking
Sean Czarniecki May 31, 2012 at 02:36 PM
It is through the Police Dept. website: http://www.tewksbury.net/Pages/TewksburyMA_Police/codered
Bill Gilman (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Thanks Sean.... you beat me to the punch .... sounds like we will need to re-run the article again. Folks need to know that this is an "Opt-in" program ..... they wont be getting all the calls automatically if they are not signed up. Now, i'm guessing the reason for this is because so many people are dumping their landlines ... better to opt-in with a cell number.
Tom B May 31, 2012 at 04:05 PM
This raises a question as to whether the notification for the lady robbed at the bank was a reverse 911 or a CodeRed call. I live close enough to the bank that I should have been notified, but was not via reverse 911. Would I have been notified if I was enrolled in the CodeRed system, which I have just done.
Katrina Theriault May 31, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I live down the streetO.o
denise May 31, 2012 at 07:59 PM
i just signed up for the codered...lets hope next time a robber is running thru the neighborhood with a gun...i will find out!
Joe Bill May 31, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I actually saw the Yeti the other day walking down route 38. I have also seen the Loch Ness monster in a nearby pond.
Kathleen Brothers May 31, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Well, we are enrolled in the Code Red System and we were Not notified. As I stated early on we didn't get a call either from Reverse 911 or Code Red. We did get notified about street closings via code red. Strange, Huh?
Toby Sedgwick June 01, 2012 at 11:24 AM
I signed up for the code red system a while back. I live in the area where the bear was possibly seen. I received a call on my landline, a call on my cell, and an email.
Bob June 01, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Toby, same here. My understanding is the CodeRed is a more directed approach where only people in the area affected get the call. Reverse 911 is used for a town wide type of event. I got a call on home phone, wife's and my cell and an email. I was not alerted to the robbery at the bank because I am on the other side of town.

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