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Bear in Durham.| Photo by Betsy Dubois.

Bear sightings

Several bear sightings were reported in the area throughout August. In Durham, a bear was spotted on Maple Avenue near Notre Dame Church. In still another Durham incident, a hunting camera captured a picture of a bear west of Tuttle Road. In Middlefield, a bear was videotaped trying to eat from a birdfeeder on West Street. More recently, a black bear was spotted investigating bird feeders in the back yard of a Pent Road home, in Durham, on the evening of Sept. 3, as seen in this photo.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection advises that if you see a bear, you should advertise your presence by making noise and waving your arms or walk away slowly. CT DEEP also advises against using bird feeders between March and November, storing animal feed outside, and putting garbage out overnight.

Bear sightings can be reported to the Wildlife Division at (860) 675-8130.



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