It’s the time of the year when black bears are out and about, and it’s also a good time for some safety reminders if you find yourself face-to-face with one.
In the last 12 months, there have been 4,600 bear sightings across the state and now that they’re coming out of hibernation, it’s at its peak.
Meaghan Gorman said she knows what it’s like when nature collides with home life.
“It's unusual that a bear is in this community. I don't know what's going on in terms of that,” Gorman said, adding that she recently saw a bear in a tree in her West Hartford neighborhood.
Eyewitness News has received dozens of photos and videos of bears being seen throughout Connecticut over the last few weeks.
See some backyard wildlife photos from viewers here.
The bear that was found in Gorman’s neighborhood was hit with a tranquilizer, but he was okay afterward.
The Department of Energy and Environmental said most of the bear sightings are in the western part of the state.
Towns that have seen more than 100 include Avon and Farmington, Granby and Simsbury.
To keep bears away, officials said to take down bird feeders and keep food inside.
Bears have no problem rummaging through trash, so officials advise adding ammonia to it before the trashcan hits the street.
The most important piece of advice is to never approach a bear. They are not usually aggressive, but if one approaches you, do whatever you can to chase it off.
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