Coming out of a long winter sleep, Connecticut’s black Bears are moving and hungry.
The State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is advising people to “be vigilant” to minimize potential conflicts with large and powerful omnivores, which are rapidly increasing their number and reach in the state.
How many bears are in the state right now?
There are 1,200 impressions, DEEP Wildlife Director Jenny Dickson said Friday. More bears have been reported in Litchfield and Hartford counties and fewer in eastern Connecticut, but bears are more prevalent in the state, Dickson said.
Connecticut is a beautiful bear country. Natural foods such as acorns, skunk cabbage and grubs are more abundant and more effective in the birth of bears and the survival of young.
“Our bears are in good health, they are very fit,” Dickson said.
Bear sightings were reported to DEEP last year at 8,600 in 156 of the state’s 169 counties. 634 were seen in Avon, the largest in the state; followed by Simsbury, 622; Farmington, 403; Granby, 372; and Bloomfield, 315. Hartford had 20 points, New Haven 1 and Bridgeport no, according to DEEP. Most of the unidentified communities reported are in East Connecticut, including Bozrah, Franklin, Chaplin and Sprague, but Dickson said he doesn’t think bears aren’t in those cities.
When will there be more bears in Connecticut?
There are two ways to think about the question, Dickson said. There is plenty of bear habitat left, and the animals are still widespread in eastern Connecticut.
But people decide how many bears they can afford, Dickson said. A bear hunt has been debated, but currently there is no time for black bears in the state.
Now, Dickson said, people need to learn to live with bears and make the necessary changes to prevent the animals from becoming accustomed to humans.
Why bears in my community?
Bears that regularly eat human -friendly foods, such as eggs, trash and animal feed, enjoy being close to people and interacting with communities and animals. house with delicious food.
The number of bears continues to increase, there are more animals to feed, and conflicts with humans continue to increase. Bear food poses a serious threat to public safety and often damages homes and vehicles and injures and kills animals and livestock. The problem of bears being hit and killed by cars is on the rise.
“Black bears don’t need to be fed – intentionally or unintentionally. … We can all help prevent bears from learning to do wrong,” Dickson said.
How do I separate bears from my home?
Take down, clean, and leave the bird feeders by the end of March, or earlier in the cooler season. Take care of the feeders until the end of the fall and clean up the seeds that have leaked into the ground. Store unused eggs in areas inaccessible to bears, such as a barn. Don’t store eggs on porches or melting houses where bears can tear curtains or break windows.
Store trash in secure, airtight containers in a garage or confined space. Adding ammonia to trash and bags will reduce the odors that attract bears. Regularly clean trash cans with ammonia to reduce odor. Rubbish should be left for collection outside the morning of collection, not the night before.
Do not keep new items in the patio or covered room as the bear can smell these items and tear the curtains to get them. Also, clean barbecue grills and keep grills in the garage or house.
What about animals and animals?
The bear might think that the stray dog was a threat to itself or the children. Keep dogs outside and keep your dog on a short leash when walking and jogging.
Use the fence to protect chickens, other animals, cattle, farm crops, and fruit trees. Also, avoid leaving meat waste or fatty foods, such as fruits and fruit skins, in the compost piles.
What if I meet a bear?
If you have a meeting with a bear, show your walk by barking or making other loud noises. Do not try to get too close to the bear. If the animal does not return, leave the area slowly. If you are in your yard, go to your house, garage, or other houses.
If the bear gets close, go for bad luck – shout, shake your arms, and throw sticks or rocks.
When do I share bear knowledge?
Publicly disclosed bear data provides economic information to help DEEP monitor changes in the population. Connecticut black bear watchers are encouraged to report information at portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Wildlife/Report-a-Wildlife-Sighting, or send an email to [email protected] .
It is important to know about the movement or absence of earbuds, including color and numbers. The common misconception is that a bear that is trapped is a troubled bear, and a bear with two ear rings is caught on two different occasions because it is in trouble. Each bear receives two ear lobes (one in each ear) the first time they are cared for by DEEP organisms. Most of the bears were not captured as a problem bear, but as a program to research the state’s bear population.
In the unlikely event that a bear is seen by the public, or there are public safety concerns related to the bear, call DEEP’s Environmental Conservation Police at 860-424-3333.
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