Two bear sightings on Friday

A black bear was sighted Friday morning on Barrack Hill Road and another on Peaceable Ridge Road Friday evening.

Frank Grant was driving near Levy Park when he spotted the bear crossing the road in the morning.

“That ain’t no dog!” he said as he quickly recognized what was a small black bear.

Rob Kinnaird reports that neighbor John Miceli had a bear — possibly the same one — run by him in his backyard at 131 Peaceable Ridge in the early evening

There have been many bear sightings in western Connecticut this season, including one in downtown Danbury last week.

Bears have been seen in Redding and Weston, and there are usually a couple of sightings in Ridgefield each spring.

The State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has received three bear reports from Ridgefield in past 12 months ending May 29.

“In recent years, a resident population has become established in Connecticut, primarily in the northwestern region,” DEEP says.

“Bears have also wandered into heavily populated residential areas.  Connecticut residents need to learn more about bears and how to reduce the likelihood of bears becoming a problem.”

DEEP has these recommendations:

  • Bears are attracted to the garbage, pet food, compost piles, fruit trees and birdfeeders around houses.
  • Remove birdfeeders and bird food from late March through November.
  • Eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed. Add ammonia to trash to make it unpalatable.
  • Clean and store grills away after use.
  • Don’t intentionally feed bears. Bears that become accustomed to finding food near your home may become “problem” bears.
  • Don’t leave pet food outside overnight.
  • Don’t add meat or sweets to a compost pile.

If you see a bear, enjoy it from a distance, DEEP says. “Aggression by bears towards humans is exceptionally rare.”

However, the agency recommends:

  • Make your presence known by making noise and waving your arms if you see a bear while hiking.
  • Keep dogs on a leash and under control.  A roaming dog might be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs.
  • Walk away slowly if you surprise a bear nearby.
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