The Branford Police Department took to social media on Monday to alert residents to the increase in bear sightings in town over the past month.
Police said officials from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection installed a trap in the area of Whiting Farms Road because of a “problematic bear.”
Officers are asking residents to report sightings of the bear on the DEEP website, which also provides information on what you can do if you see a bear, and what preventative measures you can take to protect your property.
Police said there has been at least one report of a bear sighting in the area per day for the last 30 days.
Police said DEEP doesn’t send conservation officers out unless a bear is doing something out of the ordinary or egregious.
“Most times the bear will wonder around, look for food and go back into the woods,” police said in a Facebook post.
DEEP officials said residents should leave out bird feeders, stay close to your pets when your outside and make sure you call the police if you see a bear in a residential area.
Anyone with questions can contact DEEP at 860-424-3333, as they have experts on staff to help.
You can also call the Branford Police Department-- in cases of an emergency call 911, and routine calls can be made at 203-481-4241.
Many residents in that section of Branford said they don't really mind seeing bears around in their neighborhood.
"I don't think they do any harm to anybody so it's kind of neat if you see one," Branford resident Judy Janiak said.
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