A few week after a black bear was found in a Greenwich residential neighborhood, Fairfield police received two reports from town residents who said they had seen a black bear.
The first report was Thursday, when a Burr Street resident called police shortly after 8 p.m. to report that he saw a black bear near 2979 Burr St. It crossed the street and went up the driveway at 3025 Burr St., the caller said, adding that he chased the bear through a back yard toward the woods near Eleven O'Clock Road.
The Greenwich bear was corralled by police and tranquilized by officers from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and later released in a wooded state park. The bear was a young female and weighed about 155 pounds, and earlier had been tagged in New Jersey.
According to the DEEP's website, the state's black bear population continues to increase, meaning more bears will be seen near residential areas. In most cases, a bear will be attracted by food sources, such as garbage, outdoor pet food, compost piles, bird feeders, fruit trees and berry-producing shrubs.
If someone sees a bear, the state recommends leaving the animal alone and waiting for it to leave or making loud noises from a safe distance to scare it away.
To avoid attracting bears, the state recommends removing bird feeders from late March through November; don't put trash out until the morning it is collected, or add a few capfuls of ammonia to trash bags and cans to mask food odors. Do not leave pet food outside overnight, or put meats or sweet-smelling fruit rinds in compost piles. Grills should be thoroughly cleaned after use or stored in a shed.
Never intentionally feed bears, because bears that associate food with people may become aggressive and dangerous, state officials warn.
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