The Westport Police report that around 8:30 this morning, a North Avenue resident reported a black bear on his property. Officers tracked it to the area of 300 North Avenue and Tuck Lane.
The bear was not acting aggressively. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Division was notified.
Police note that black bears are becoming increasingly common in Connecticut. Residents should take precautions to prevent negative encounters with bears and nuisance behavior.
Bears have an incredible sense of smell. Secure garbage in sturdy covered containers in a garage or outbuilding.
If you compost, do so responsibly. Do not throw meat scraps or greasy, oily or sweet materials in the compost pile. These foods attract bears and other animals.
Clean barbecues and grills after each use. Do not leave pet food outdoors, and remove bird feeders from your property for the summer.
Keep an eye on pets and small children playing outside.
If you see a bear, do not approach it. The mere presence of a bear does not necessitate its removal. If left alone and given an avenue for escape, the bear will usually wander back into more secluded areas.
Sightings can be reported to Westport Animal Control (203-341-5076). For more information on bears, click here.