ADVICE FOR SHELTON RESIDENTS: What should you do if you see a bear?

What should you do if you see a bear?

Don’t approach the bear and but do start making noise, advised Paul Rego, a wildlife biologist with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Wildlife Division.

Rego said if you are a safe distance from the bear, make as much noise as possible to try to scare the bear away. This means screaming, banging pots and pans, or other noise-making activities.

If close to the bear, make more controlled noise so the bear knows you are there and doesn’t freak out when it first realizes that. Then slowly walk away.

Bear spotted in Shelton

On the morning of Thursday, April 30, a bear was spotted in Shelton. A photo was taken of a bear in a back yard on Wesley Drive, and additional sightings were reported on Mill Street near Bridgeport Avenue, and Long Hill Cross Road near Bridgeport Avenue.

All these locations are in the same general vicinity, so it's likely the same bear that was seen.

Click below to see a photo of the bear spotted in Shelton on Thursday:

Birdfeeders and trash

Rego said there are two steps everyone can take to minimize the possibility of having a bear show up in their yards.

Remove birdfeeders, and properly store household garbage (if trash is kept outside the home, move the containers to an enclosed shed or garage).

“These are typically what brings bears close to humans,” Rego said.

He said the danger is when bears start becoming accustomed to eating from birdfeeders and trash containers. This acclimation leads bears to come in contact with humans more often, and perhaps be less scared of humans than they usually would be.

Click below to see a DEEP fact sheet on black bears in Connecticut: