APRIL 30, 3:30 P.M.:\u00a0 This photo shows a bear that was seen on Thursday morning near a home on Wesley Drive in Shelton. (All these images are from the same submitted photo, taken April 30 in Shelton.) The bear was seen in a back yard, close to a house. The homes on Wesley Drive abut wooded areas in the rear. Wesley Drive is part of a series of roads off Buddington Road, not too far from Huntington Street. There are other reports a bear \u2014 most likely the same one \u2014 was spotted on Mill Street near Bridgeport Avenue, which is not that far away from Wesley Drive but closer to more heavily developed areas. An additional report said a bear was seen near Long Hill Cross Road, off Bridgeport Avenue, which also is in the same general vicinity. This location would put the bear close to the Route 8 highway. Teresa Gallagher, the city\u2019s conservation agent, said bears have been seen before in Shelton. \u201cThere are a lot of bears in Connecticut,\u201d Gallagher said. \u201cThe bear population is growing in the state. Most of them are farther upstate, but I think in the future we will have more coming down this way. \u201cWe\u2019re going to have to get used to it,\u201d she said. Don\u2019t become a food source Gallagher said people shouldn\u2019t be scared there has been a bear sighting in town, but should take logical steps to avoid becoming a food source for bears. \u201cPut away the bird feeders for the summer,\u201d she said. \u201cSecure the garbage kept outdoors, watch the pet food, and be careful with items in a compost pile that might attract bears, such as melon rinds.\u201d(Story continues below) She stressed that following these steps \u201cwill be much more important as the bear population climbs.\u201d Move around in the spring Young male bears \u2014 as well as other wild animals, such as moose \u2014 often wander a lot in the spring, according to Gallagher. \u201cThey tend to go far as they seek out their own territory,\u201d she said. \u201cThey tend to go and disperse.\u201d(Story continues below)----------------Shelton police respond to bear sighting report; click below:http:\/\/www.sheltonherald.com\/67521\/shelton-police-respond-to-bear-sighting-report-this-morning-How many bears are there in Connecticut? Click below:http:\/\/www.sheltonherald.com\/67530\/how-many-bears-are-there-in-connecticut-are-they-common-around-here\/-What should you do if you see a bear? Click below:http:\/\/www.sheltonherald.com\/67542\/advice-what-i-do-if-i-see-a-bear\/-----------------Gallagher also said a bear spotted in Shelton one morning may be in another neighborhood or town by the afternoon or the next day. \u201cA bear can go a long way in a short time,\u201d she said. \u201cThis one may just be passing through.\u201d \u2018They are spreading around\u2019 Bill Dyer, a longtime Shelton Conservation Commission member and active outdoorsman, said he\u2019s never heard of a bear sighting in Shelton during his two decades or so on the commission. \u201cOne was reported in Darien the other day, too, so they are spreading around,\u201d said Dyer, who chairs the Shelton Trails Commission. About the location Wesley Drive is a dead-end road in the area between Buddington Road, Huntington Street (Route 108) and Shelton Avenue (also Route 108), which includes a lot of city-owned open space. The Shelton Lakes Rec Path crosses Wesley Drive in two locations.(Story continues below) It is accessed from Great Oak Road, which intersects with Buddington Road, and then Cathy Drive. Other roads in the immediate facility include Sycamore Drive, Scotch Pine Drive, Balsam Circle, Fraser Place and Serene Drive. Some parts of this area still are being developed. Wesley Drive also is close to the rear of the Aspetuck Village condominium complex.