NORTHAMPTON — A dog was killed by a black bear early Monday night near a home on Marian Street.
Investigators said the incident occurred when the dog ran from its yard into the woods and confronted the bear, which then climbed up a tree, said Craig Gilvarg, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Environmental Police.
“At some point the bear came down from the tree, leading to an encounter between the animals which was fatal for the dog,“ Gilvarg said. The bear then left the area.
Gilvarg, press secretary for the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said city police notified Environmental Police of the dog’s death shortly after 6:15 p.m. Responding officers found the dog body about 50 feet from the home.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reported the dog was a 2-year-old dachshund-schnauzer mix named Poppy that had been in the yard with her owner. The Marian Street property abuts the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area.
David Wattles, black bear and furbearer project leader for MassWildlife, told the Gazette June is a busy time for bears as the mating season begins and yearling cubs start to fend for themselves.