Black Bears in Connecticut

Posted Mar 13th, 2017

With confirmed sightings of a bear in Tarrywile Park, we wish to take a moment to post the Connecticut DEEP recommendations regarding Bear encounters while hiking.

BEARS SEEN WHEN HIKING

Bears normally leave an area once they have sensed a human. If you see a bear, enjoy it from a distance. Aggression by bears towards humans is exceptionally rare.

DO make your presence known by making noise while hiking. Hike in groups. If you see a bear, make enough noise and wave your arms so the bear is aware of your presence.

DO keep dogs on a leash and under control. A roaming dog might be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs.

DO back away slowly if you surprise a bear nearby.

DON’T approach or try to get closer to a bear to get a photo or video.

DON’T run or climb a tree. If possible, wait in a vehicle or building until the bear leaves the area.

DO be offensive if the bear approaches you. Make more noise, wave your arms, and throw objects at the bear. Black bears rarely attack humans. If you are attacked, do not play dead. Fight back with anything available.

Please visit the following page for a more in depth article concerning bears.

Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Problems with Bears Abstract: CT Wildlife Division: Living in Bear Country.
ct.gov
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