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Two Black Bear Sightings Reported In Easton

A black bear, similar to this one ambling through Redding Center in a past summer, .has been spotted in Easton.
A black bear, similar to this one ambling through Redding Center in a past summer, .has been spotted in Easton. Photo Credit: File

EASTON, Conn. — Two bear sightings were reported in Easton in the past week, police said.

At 9:10 a.m. Wednesday, a resident reported a black bear along Route 136, police said. Later, at 12:51 p.m., another resident reported seeing a black bear a bit closer to home — in her backyard on Banks Road, police said.

Related story: Bear Claws Its Way Through Screen, Enters Weston Home In Search Of Food

With their population on the rise across Connecticut, more and more bears are being spotted in the state, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said.

To deter bears from being in residential areas, residents should take down bird feeders, place garbage cans inside a garage or shed, and clean and store grills. Don't feed bears or approach them — not even to take a photo or video, DEEP said.

Residents are asked to report sightings to DEEP at 860-424-3011 or by clicking here .

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