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Bear spotted at Barkhamsted home

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Eyewitness News will have more after a bear tried to get into a home in Barkhamsted. (WFSB) Eyewitness News will have more after a bear tried to get into a home in Barkhamsted. (WFSB)

A bear tried to get into a house in Barkhamsted on Tuesday morning, according to one home owner.  

Diane Marek said she heard a ruckus coming from the back porch of her home on Goose Green Road on Tuesday morning. That's when Marek said she came face to face with a 400 pound black bear.

"He was laying right here with his chin resting right here on that door sill," Diane Marek said. 

In her 16 years on Goose Green Road, Marek said she's never come that close to a bear. She added it seemed calm when she saw it, but showed Eyewitness News the damage caused by this bear. 

Marek said she went downstairs, but the bear followed her. 

"He came down, looked at me, and came right back up again," Marek said. "He wasn't going anywhere."

For 10 minutes, Marek and bear did this dance until state EnCon Police, the Connecticut State Police and New Hartford Police Department arrived at the home. That's when the bear ran away from the area.  

With more than 300 kids at the Boulder Ridge Day Camp just two doors away, officials made sure to get the campers away from the woods. They were fine and activities resumed as normal.  

Upon arrival, officers spotted bird feeders on the property.

"He was probably trying to get in," Marek said. "Right there, I have a birdseed bag and a couple bags of peanuts..He probably wanted them."

The DEEP reminds residents to remove bird feeders from their property, especially if there are bears in the area. 

This bear wasn't caught, but the homeowner said a trap was set by DEEP. 

To learn more about how to handle bears, click here.  

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