EASTON, Conn. -- A large black bear was seen on Eden Hill Road in Easton on Sunday evening, according to the Easton Courier.
The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection offers clear tips on dealing with bears. If you see a bear:
- Watch it from a distance.
- Make your presence known by shouting and waving your arms or walk slowly away.
- Never attempt to feed or attract bears.
To avoid attracting bears at home:
- Remove bird feeders (late March to November and in winter if a bear visits a bird feeder).
- Wait until the morning of collection before taking out trash.
- Add a few capfuls of ammonia to trash bags and garbage cans to mask food odors.
- Keep trash bags in a container with a tight lid and store in a garage or shed.
- Do not leave pet food outside overnight. Store livestock food in airtight containers.
- Do not put meats or sweet-smelling fruit rinds in compost piles. Lime can be sprinkled on a compost pile to reduce the smell and discourage bears.
- Thoroughly clean grills after use or store in a garage or shed.
- Never intentionally feed bears. Bears that associate food with people may become aggressive and dangerous. This may lead to personal injury, property damage, and the need to destroy problem animals.
- Encourage your neighbors to take similar precautions.
If you see a bear on your property, leave the bear alone and wait for it to leave or make loud noises from a safe distance to attempt to scare it away, according to the DEEP.
After the bear leaves the property, remove anything that may have attracted it to the area.
Report bear sightings to the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011.