Black Bear Sightings
To members and friends of The Lake Waramaug Association:
07/15/16: Young bear at 139 WSR
On October 3, 2016 bears were sighted on West Shore Road west of Perkins Road. The first sighting was a couple of bears near a neighbor's beach. One of the bears stood up to check out the human. After the gentleman went back into his home, he saw two more bears (one large and the other smaller) walk across his lawn. He must live on a bear highway!
Put bird feeders away in the fall; the bears are looking to fatten up before they bed down for the winter.
On May 27, 2016, a bear was sighted on West Shore Road halfway between Perkins and Loomarwick. It wandered up a neighbors driveway and then foraged in the garden before escaping through the back fence.
On July 18th, 2015, a black bear was sighted on West Shore Road between Loomarwick and Golf Links Road. Remember to remove food from bird feeders and review the below information taken from the Connecticut DEEP website. Attacks on humans are extremely rare but dogs may be perceived as a threat especially if there are cubs in the area.
Black Bear Do’s and Don’ts
In recent years, a resident population has become established in Connecticut, primarily in the northwestern region. Bears have also wandered into heavily populated residential areas. While attacks on humans are rare, a dog may be perceived as a threat especially if there are cubs around. Be sure to remove food from your bird feeders. A local Animal Control Warden once recommended playing talk radio while you quietly work in your garden in order to encourage distance between you and a bear innocently foraging. Remember, bears love to take a dip in the lake for pleasure and to catch fish.
Now might be a good time to brush up on your bear knowledge, and how to reduce the likelihood of bears becoming a problem, see the CT Bear Fact Sheet.
Bears Near Your Home
Bears are attracted to the garbage, pet food, compost piles, fruit trees and birdfeeders around houses.
Bears Seen When Hiking or Camping
- DO remove birdfeeders and bird food from late March through November.
- DO eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed. Add ammonia to trash to make it unpalatable.
- DO clean and store grills away after use.
- DON'T intentionally feed bears. Bears that become accustomed to finding food near your home may become "problem" bears.
- DON'T leave pet food outside overnight.
- DON'T add meat or sweets to a compost pile.
Bears normally leave an area once they’ve sensed a human. If you see a bear, enjoy it from a distance. Aggression by bears towards humans is exceptionally rare.
You can download a poster version of this information.
- DO make your presence known by making noise and waving your arms if you see a bear while hiking.
- DO keep dogs on a leash and under control. A roaming dog might be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs.
- DO walk away slowly if you surprise a bear nearby.
- DON'T cook food near your tent or store food inside your tent. Instead, keep food in a secure vehicle or use rope to suspend it between two trees.
- DON'T climb a tree, but wait in a vehicle or building for the bear to leave an area.
Do report bear sightings! Please use this form to Report a Black Bear Sighting.
Experience has shown that a single wandering bear can be responsible for numerous sightings reported to the Wildlife Division. Experience has also shown that, given an avenue for escape, bears will usually wander back into more secluded areas. People should not feed bears, either intentionally or unintentionally. 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.
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