Littleton Community Farm fundraising event at Red Raven

The Littleton Community Farm (LCF) is launching a fundraising campaign on October 5th at the Red Raven (formerly Scupper Jack’s) where Brian Donahue will give a talk.  Brian is a professor at Brandeis who has written various environmental books on local farming and land use.  He started the Weston Community Farm (Land’s Sake).

Please go here for more details and to register yourself: www.littletoncommunityfarm.eventbrite.com. Please sign up as soon as you can! There is a maximum of 150 guests.

Another Black Bear Sighting

Harvard Rd Black Bear photo by Margaret Park Bridges

Another sighting of a black bear was reported by a resident near Oak Hill this morning, Sunday, August 3, 2014, around 8:00 am. As related by a community alert from the Littleton Police, the bear was reportedly traveling in an area from the Harvard line toward Whitcomb Avenue, Porter Road, and Mill Road.

As always, be aware of your surroundings when hiking on Littleton’s trails. If you encounter a bear in the woods, it is advised that you back away and make loud noises. If you are walking with your dog, keep it leashed and do not approach the bear.

As we have posted previously, the following link from the Center for Wildlife has some very good tips regarding what to do if you encounter a bear in the woods. http://www.centerforwildlifeinformation.org/BeBearAware/Hiking_and_Camping/hiking_and_camping.html

Photo by Margaret Park Bridges

Bear reported near Oak Hill

A resident of Harvard Road whose property backs up to the yellow (loop) trail of Oak Hill reported a bear in her backyard this morning (July 23, 2014). As always, be cautious when enjoying Littleton’s many conservation areas. We’re not the only mammals in there.

Though “bear bells” are often touted as a way to make bears aware of human presence so they’ll stay clear, talking in loud voices is reported to be far more effective.

Some good “Be Bear Aware” advice is available from the Center for Wildlife at:  http://www.centerforwildlifeinformation.org/BeBearAware/Hiking_and_Camping/hiking_and_camping.html

The linked “Be Bear Aware” article mentions cougars and bison as it is meant to cover many national park and other wilderness areas across the country. Not everything in the article is a concern here in Littleton but the overall advice is valid. Don’t haul around smelly food, leave pets home or keep them on a short leash. Make noise.  Back away if you encounter a wild animal. Stay on the trails. Don’t hike alone and let someone know where you’re going. All good ideas.

Preserving the rural character of Littleton for current and future generations.