Police urge caution after bear sightings in Trumbull

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A file photo of a bear seen in Hamden, Conn., in April 2021. In Trumbull on Friday, May 21, 2021, several residents reported a bear trying to get into garbage and bird feeders.

A file photo of a bear seen in Hamden, Conn., in April 2021. In Trumbull on Friday, May 21, 2021, several residents reported a bear trying to get into garbage and bird feeders.

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TRUMBULL — After several reports Friday morning of a bear getting into garbage and bird feeders, police reminded residents to be aware of potential attractants for the animals and to take precautions.

Police and animal control got several calls from residents in the areas of Barnswallow Drive, Scenic Hill Road and Deer Run Drive, police said.

“A bear has recently been reported to go to doors of homes to try to get incident, and one incident was reported where a bear went on a deck while the resident was outside cooking,” police said.

In that instance, the homeowner was able to chase the bear away.

Police said the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was notified of the recent incidents and will consult a bear biologist on the activity.

The recent sightings have been of just one bear and no cubs, as was reported on Purdy Hill Road in Monroe recently, Trumbull police said.

“Nobody has been injured or made contact with the bear, but we strongly urge residents to be aware and take precautions,” police said.

Among those precautions are to remove bird feeders from yards between March and November, when bears are active and searching for food. If a bear visits a bird feeders in the winter, residents should remove it, DEEP said. DEEP also urges residents to make sure garbage or pet food left outside is secured and not accessible to bears.

In the wild, bears usually avoid people. But certain food attractants near homes can cause them to become habituated to humans and other things such as dogs and loud noises. DEEP said bears are attracted to bird feeders, garbage, outdoor pet food, compost piles, fruit trees, and berry-producing shrubs.

DEEP stresses that residents should never try to feed or attract bears. The animal should be observed from a safe distance.

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Bear sightings can be reported to DEEP’s Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011.