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Bear Activity Picking Up

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A year-and-a-half old female black bear ran towards a man, at a house in Madison. Still from a video courtesy of the state DEEP.

A year-and-a-half old female black bear ran towards a man, at a house in Madison. Still from a video courtesy of the state DEEP.

Wildlife biologists are beginning to see more black bear activity in Connecticut.

Those with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection say they’ve been receiving regular bear reports for the last three weeks.

Paul Rego is a DEEP biologist and says the animals are on the hunt for food after their long winter hibernation.

Rego says black bears in Connecticut are found primarily in the northwest portion of the state in Litchfield County.

Rego says they’re advising homeowners to not feed bears, intentionally or otherwise.

He says trash cans should be secured and bird feeders put away.

Rego also says if you spot a bear, yell at it or make noise, which should scare it away.

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