EASTON, Conn. — An Easton resident reported a black bear sighting on Oct. 11, police said.
The black bear was walking on the caller’s property toward Staples Road, police said.
Multiple black bear sightings have been reported in town. On Monday, Sept. 11, a black bear was spotted in the area of Rock House Road, police said.
Then on Tuesday, Sept.12, multiple callers to police reported a black bear sighting in the area of Mile Common and Redding Road.
In the past 52 weeks, a total of 20 bears sightings in Easton have been reported to the state. ( Click here to report a bear sighting.)
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection offers the following tips if you spot bears near your home:
- DO remove birdfeeders and bird food from late March through November.
- DO eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed. Add ammonia to trash to make it unpalatable.
- DO clean and store grills in a garage or shed after use. (Propane cylinders should be stored outside.)
- DON'T intentionally feed bears. Bears that become accustomed to finding food near your home may become "problem" bears.
- DON'T approach or try to get closer to a bear to get a photo or video.
- DON'T leave pet food outside overnight.
- DON'T add meat or sweets to a compost pile.
Last month, two men were arrested on charges of illegally killing two black bears in Wilton. Officers caught them carrying animal parts out of the woods, according to the state Environmental Conservation Police.
The two men skinned one of the bears and cut off its paws and head for a trophy, EnCon police said.
For more information on black bears in Connecticut, click here .
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