CHELMSFORD -- A bear was spotted near the McCarthy Middle School on Tuesday, causing principals to cancel recess and take precautionary measures, Superintendent of Schools Frank Tiano said.
"We alerted all the schools and all the parents," Tiano said. "We just want people to be cautious. Rather safe than sorry."
He said it was not considered a lockdown.
A passing motorist also spotted a bear on the road behind the police station, which is a thickly wooded area, according to police.
Bear spottings are on the rise throughout Middlesex County. One was recently spotted in Pepperell, another at Devens, and in Groton.
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