Reports of a bear wandering near schools in Wethersfield had officials on alert.

School officials said were are looking into reports that the bear was seen wandering near the Wolcott Hill Road campus just before 10 a.m.

"I think a lot of people are looking to spot this bear," said Ann Wolanin of Wethersfield. "It's real exciting when a bear comes I guess, it's like a town spectacle or something like that."

Superintendent Michael Emmett also said that all students and staff there and at the Silas Deane Middle School were held inside.

The bear made its way through the campus and middle school property toward Charles Wright Elementary School.

"We were a little worried because it was seen near elementary schools and the high school," Wolanin said. "I have a great grandson that's in elementary school over at Emerson Williams and we were a little worried."

Police said they received reports that it was also spotted on Ridge Road, Wright Road and Nott Street.

Emmett said police are tracking the bear. It was last spotted near Wells Road.

Channel 3 cameras spotted it by the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center.

"We both work at the Nature Center and our boss texted us that it's in this area so we figured we would come check it out," said Jenna Szestakow of Wethersfield.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was notified. It said there has only been one bear sighting in town in the last year.

"Residents should be aware of their surroundings and are reminded that bears are attracted to garbage, pet food, compost piles, fruit trees and bird feeders around houses," police said in a warning to residents. "Homeowners should take the necessary steps to make sure their homes and yards are not attracting bears."

"The most we usually see is hawks and little things like that other animals in the park," Szestakow said. "When we have camp we go walk through the woods but never really any bears."

School was back to normal as of 10:30 a.m.

Bear in Wethersfield— David McKay (@DavidMcKayTV) June 15, 2018

Anyone who spots the bear is asked to contact Wethersfield police at 860-721-2900.

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