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Police: Black bear spotted in Westport, not aggressive

May 22, 2019

WESTPORT - A black bear was spotted on North Avenue Wednesday morning, Westport police said.

“At approximately 8:30 a.m., a North Avenue resident called to report a black bear on his property. Officers tracked the bear to the area of 300 North Avenue and Tuck Lane,” police said.

“The bear was not acting in an aggressive manner and was observed to be acting normally. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Division was notified.”

Black bears are becoming increasingly common in Connecticut.

“In order to safely co-exist, residents are reminded to take precautions to prevent negative encounters with bears and nuisance behavior. Bears have an incredible sense of smell. To prevent luring them towards your property, secure your garbage in sturdy covered containers in a garage or outbuilding.

“Residents that compost are asked to do so responsibly. Do not throw meat scraps or greasy, oily or sweet materials in your compost pile. These kinds of food will attract bears and other animals. Clean greasy barbecues and grills after each use, refrain from leaving pet food outdoors and remove bird feeders from your property for the summer. Please keep your eye on pets and small children playing outside.”

If sighted, use caution and do not approach the bear.

The mere presence of a bear does not necessitate its removal.

According to DEEP, if left alone and given an avenue for escape, the bear will usually wander back into more secluded areas.

Sightings can be reported to Westport Animal Control at (203) 341-5076.

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