WEST SUFFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – When Amy Panagakos of West Suffield checked her home surveillance footage on Wednesday, she saw her property being vandalized.
“I saw my bird feeders down,” said Panagakos. “I looked and saw they were all bent down so I knew there was something.”
The vandals were not what you might expect as they were two bears apparently in search of food.
Rick Jacobson is the Director of the Wildlife Division with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Jacobson says this time of year he is not surprised to hear about what happened at Amy’s home.
“Right now, the black bears are trying to put on as much weight as possible leading into the fall and winter denning (hibernation) season,” said Jacobson.
Jacobson has a warning for anyone else who still might have their bird feeders up.
“You most certainly want to keep your bird feeder in. Don’t have them accessible or available to a black bear. Make sure your garbage cans are kept in a garage or another locked facility,” said Jacobson.
Officials with DEEP say people should also be on the lookout for deer too; they say when driving, make sure to keep an eye out.