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Black Bears Sighted in Greenwich

GREENWICH, Conn. – There have been several black bear sightings in Greenwich recently, the town Conservation Commission reported this week.

Black bears are native to Connecticut and are attracted to food sources like birdfeeders and trash cans, which can place them in proximity to residents.

According to the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection ,  "Black bears are generally shy and secretive and usually fearful of humans. However, if they regularly find food near houses and areas of human activity, they can lose their fear of humans. Unlike grizzly bears, black bears are seldom aggressive toward humans."

In 2010, there were four black bear sightings in Greenwich, and sightings have been reported each year since, according to the Conservation Commission. However, one bear can produce multiple sightings.

Residents should remember these “dos and don’ts” when dealing with bears:

• DO report black bear sightings to the DEEP and Greenwich Conservation Commission.

• DON’T feed Black Bears!

• DO store your garbage cans in a garage or shed.

• DON’T hang bird feeders from March to November.

• DO make noise while hiking to announce your presence to a bear.

• DON’T leave pet food outdoors.

• DO walk away slowly if you surprise a bear.

• DON’T approach bear cubs – the mother could be nearby.

To report a bear sighting, visit the Website of the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection . For immediate assistance with a black bear, call the DEP hotline at 860-424-3333.

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