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Dead bear found along Merritt in Greenwich

July 14, 2018

GREENWICH - Officials are responding after a deceased bear was found along the side of the Merrit Parkway near Exit 31 in Greenwich.

Greenwich Police said Saturday they had notified state police about the animal, which is on the side of parkway near the road. State Police will, in turn, contact the Department of Transporation to handle its remains.

A dispatcher with Troop G said a report of the deceased bear had been shared Friday, but it could not be located at the time.

A contributed video appears to show the body of the bear by the side of the parkway, next to an orange construction sign for a “bump.” The individual who shared the footage indicated it was near Exit 31 on the southbound side of the roadway.

Chris Collibee, spokesman with the Department of Energy and Enviornmental Protection, noted bears are often hit by cars. DEEP had been notified of multiple such incidents in recent days, he said.

On July 7, an 80-pound bear was struck and killed by a vehicle between Exits 9 and 10 on Interstate 84 in Newtown.

It is not clear how the bear in Greenwich died; police said they did not receive any reports of an accident involving the animal.

As of Saturday afternoon, the DEEP website indicated two sightings of black bears had been reported in Greenwich since July 15, 2017.

william.lambert@hearstmediact.com

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