Westport, Conn. (WTNH) – Police in Westport are warning residents to be on the look out for black bears in the area. They received a report of a black bear on Sunnyside Land in a wooded area behind a home. This latest sighting is not far from he area in which a black bear was seen over the past few days.
While these animals are not common to our area, the Westport Police Department is again providing the following information from the CT DEEP website regarding the handling of bears near your home:
All sightings should be reported to both the police Department and CT DEEP at the below listed number:
If you see a bear:
Enjoy it from a distance.
Advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms or walk slowly away.
Never attempt to feed or attract bears.
Report bear sightings to the Wildlife Division, at (860) 675-8130.
. Bears that associate food with people become problem bears that will not be tolerated by all property owners. Connecticut has the habitat to support more bears; however, the future of Connecticut’s bear population depends on the actions and attitudes of the human population.
The probability of a bear attacking a human is exceptionally low. Therefore, the mere presence of a bear does not necessitate its removal. However, the department may attempt to remove bears from urban locations when there is little likelihood that they will leave on their own and when they are in positions where darting is feasible. The department attempts to monitor bear activity in developed areas in coordination with local public safety officials. Coordination and cooperation with officials on the scene and local police officials is a key, critical ingredient in educating the public and assuring a safe, desirable outcome in such a situation.
The last time the Westport Police Department received reports on a Black Bear sighting was two days ago on July 25th 2015. At that time the previously reported sightings were in the area of Charcoal Hill Road and Easton Road.