A large black bear was reportedly spotted on the property of the Holiday Inn in Taunton around 7 a.m. today.

According to Mass Wildlife, black bears are becoming more common in Massachusetts, even here on the SouthCoast.

The Taunton Holiday Inn confirmed that the bear was seen near its health facility and the hotel ensured that all of their guests were safely inside and not near the area of the roaming bear.

It comes on the heels of another black bear sighting recently in the same area. The Plainville Police Department confirmed the sighting of a large black bear a few days ago on Mother's Day, May 9:

The Plainville sighting and the Taunton sighting could both be of the same bear, since there is a large patch of woodland area between them known as the Great Woods Conservation. This would make it accessible for the bear to travel east without being noticed.

There were also reports on Facebook that a similar bear was seen yesterday roaming around Norton by the Highland Ave area.

Due to the fact that it's springtime and hibernating animals are waking from their wintry slumber, it makes sense that a wandering bear would be seen around this time of year, most likely searching for food.

If this is in fact the same bear from Plainville, perhaps it was looking to make a reservation at the Holiday Inn after it trekking for 12-15 miles?

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In all seriousness, if you or anyone you know comes across a bear, it's important to keep your distance and contact your local animal control just to make them aware. It's better to be safe than sorry and never approach one, no matter how cute or cuddly they appear to be. These are wild animals with very sharp claws and teeth.

Trust me, I saw what happened to Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant.

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