THURSDAY NIGHT: Shelton bear is caught and taken elsewhere
The so called “Shelton bear” has been tranquilized, caught and transported to a more rural location in Connecticut.
After being hit with pellets from a tranquilizer rifle, the bear eventually fell off a tree in a yard on Bodyk Place, a residential road in the southwestern part of downtown Shelton.
The bear then was taken away in the back of a pickup truck by state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) officials at slightly past 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 14.
It is believed the bear was put in a forested area in the northern Lake Zoar area, perhaps in Oxford.
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Click below to see great photos of the bear from today by Shelton photographer Marcin Stawiarski:
People who got near the bear described it as being young and somewhat small, with estimates that it weighed perhaps 150 pounds.
Neighborhood residents gather
Many neighborhood residents gathered to watch the bear in its last two locations — a roadside tree near the corner of Prospect Avenue and Myrtle Street, and then a tree in a nearby private yard on Bodyk Place.
Multiple Shelton police and DEEP officers were at the scene. The location is about three blocks from City Hall, just south of the Route 8 highway, and is densely developed with many houses on smaller lots.
First bear sighting April 30
A bear sighting was first reported in Shelton on April 30, and since then there have been numerous sightings around the city. Some incidents involved the Shelton police and the DEEP’s environmental conservation (EnCon) police.
This bear appeared to be spending most of its time along the Route 8 corridor, particularly in the vicinity of Old Stratford Road, Long Hill Cross Road and Long Hill Avenue.
In recent days, sightings indicated that the bear was heading north — putting it on the southern edge of downtown Shelton.
There have been reported sightings of other bears in Shelton in recent days as well, particularly in the Huntington area, and it’s unclear whether multiple bears now are in Shelton.
Bear population on the rise
The state’s bear population has been increasing in recent years, and more are settling in the southern part of the state.
In general, DEEP officials have said bears don’t pose a threat to humans, but action is taken if a bear shows any aggressive behavior or is found in a densely populated urban area (such as downtown Shelton).
To avoid problems with bears, officials have said people should take down birdfeeders and should keep household trash normally kept outdoors in sheds or garages, and place the trash outside as close to pickup time as possible.
Shelton bear capture turns into a neighborhood event: