Milford black bear sighting prompt tips
MILFORD >> Over the last two weeks, the city has received numerous reports of black bear sightings, Mayor Ben Blake said Tuesday.
Just over the weekend, there were sightings of a bear in the Devon-Housatonic River corridor.
“The important takeaway is to leave the bear alone and avoid tempting it with garbage and bird seed,” Blake said.
“As you would with anything wild, please exercise common sense, avoid approaching and keep a safe distance from the animals,” Blake said in an Everbridge advisory on Monday.
“While they usually avoid people and suburban areas, bears are attracted to bird feeders, garbage, outdoor pet food, compost piles and fruit trees, and therefore, we ask that you please take appropriate precautions and be sure to never feed the bears,” Blake said.
To report a bear sighting, call the State Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011.
With the sightings, the city recently issued highlights from the Black Bear Fact Sheet published by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
If you see a bear
• Observe it from a distance.
• Advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms or walk slowly away.
• Never attempt to feed or attract bears.
Bears near your home
In the wilderness, bears usually avoid people. But food near homes can cause them to grow habituated to humans and disturbances, such as dogs and other noises. Bears are attracted by bird feeders, garbage, outdoor pet food, compost piles, fruit trees, and berry-producing shrubs.
avoid attracting bears
• Remove bird feeders from late March through November. If a bear visits a bird feeder in winter, remove the feeder.
• Wait until the morning of collection before bringing out trash. Add a few capfuls of ammonia to trash bags and garbage cans to mask food odors. Keep trash bags in a container with a tight lid and store in a garage or shed.
• Do not leave pet food outside overnight. Store livestock food in airtight containers.
• Do not put meats or sweet-smelling fruit rinds in compost piles. Lime can be sprinkled on the compost pile to reduce the smell and discourage bears.
• Thoroughly clean grills after use or store in a garage or shed.
• Never intentionally feed bears. Bears that associate food with people may become aggressive and dangerous. This may lead to personal injury, property damage, and the need to destroy problem animals.
• Encourage your neighbors to take similar precautions.
If you see a bear on your property you can either leave the bear alone and wait for it to leave or make loud noises from a safe distance to attempt to scare the bear away. After the bear leaves the property, remove anything that may have attracted it to the area.