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Bears spotted near schools in Waterbury

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Bears were sighted near three Waterbury schools on Thursday morning.  (DEEP) Bears were sighted near three Waterbury schools on Thursday morning.  (DEEP)

Waterbury parents were warned about bear sightings near three city schools on Thursday morning. 

Bob Brenker with Waterbury Public Schools said two bears were seen near Kennedy High, West Side Middle and Tinker Elementary schools. School officials said it's not the first time a black bear's been spotted in Waterbury's Town Plot neighborhood

Following the sights, Kennedy High and West Side Middle schools put restrictions on outdoor activities, so no students were allowed to go outside. However, the schools were never on lock down. 

Students at Tinker Elementary School celebrated field day at Town Plot Park on Thursday. Officers were at the park on stand-bye to protect students. 

"They had them all come to the basketball court, so they could go and search the park," parent Heather Greene said. "And then they said stay away from the wooded area and kept a lookout, just in case."

School officials advised students and parents to use caution and be aware of their surroundings after the recent bear sightings. 

"An animal control officer, stopped a jogger outside my house and said they just chased a bear out of West Side Middle School," Greene said. "Jogger just kept jogging. I didn't know it was a black bear until I got to my daughter's school and they canceled recess for the rest of the day."

Bears have a pretty keen sense of smell, so wildlife experts reminded folks to keep their lids on their trash and to avoid putting food outside.

Anyone who spots the bear is asked to call Waterbury Police  Department or animal control.

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