BROOKFIELD, Conn. — A number of black bears have been spotted recently in town — and that's completely normal, according to the Brookfield Police Department.
"We have been getting reports of some black bear sightings in town. Please be aware that this is consistent with a bear's normal behaviors as they forage for food," Brookfield police said in a Facebook post.
In the past 52 weeks, a total of 68 black bear sightings in Brookfield have been reported to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Brookfield police offered a few tips for residents to remember when it comes to bears near homes:
- Maintain control of all pets for their safety
- Do not leave garbage cans unsecured
- Never approach a bear. They are typically docile but can be aggressive if they feel threatened, especially when there are cubs nearby.
- Remove birdfeeders and bird food from your yard for the summer.
- Clean and store grills in a garage or shed after use. (Propane cylinders should be stored outside.)
- Don't intentionally feed bears. Bears that become accustomed to finding food near your home may become "problem" bears.
- Don't approach or try to get closer to a bear to get a photo or video.
- Don't leave pet food outside overnight.
- Don't add meat or sweets to a compost pile.
Follow these tips to make living among our bear residents a safe experience for everyone, police said.
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