HOLLAND — A bear has been reported in the area of Maybrook Road and Union Road, not far from the Holland Rod and Gun Club.

Holland Police took to their Facebook page in an effort to both inform and calm citizens, noting “the presence of a bear is not an immediate public safety threat.”

Police said in most instances, “a bear is simply seeking the most accessible and nutritious food source available which is most often bird seed, garbage, compost or unsecured chickens, rabbits or livestock.”

The department’s page added: “The only way to prevent repeat visits is to remove or properly secure all sources of food. Everyone needs to do their part to keep bears wild and out of trouble by taking preventive and responsible actions.”

For more information on bear safety tips, police directed residents to www.mass.gov/bears.

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