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Many Report Bear Sightings in Central Connecticut

Have you seen a bear in Tolland, Mansfield, Vernon, Ellington or Somers? If so, upload your photos and videos to Patch.

Last year it was , this year it's bears.

It seems like each week there is another new report of a bear sighting in central Connecticut. A on Interstate 91 last week. A for a green snack in a backyard in Meriden recently and another one lounged in a before scooting off into the woods. have been reported in the region around Cheshire.

There have even been confirmed and unconfirmed sightings of .

According to the state Department of Environmental Protection here is the breakdown of reports of bear activity in this area from June 26, 2011 to June 24, 2012:

  • Ellington, 0
  • Mansfield, 0
  • Somers, 1
  • Tolland, 1
  • Vernon, 0

To learn how to react if you see a bear and to reduce the likelihood of an encounter, read the DEEP's Black Bear Dos and Don'ts tip sheet.

Have you seen a bear in your area? Did you capture it in an image or video? If so, share your footage or stills with other readers on Patch by clicking on the Upload Photos and Videos button.

Sally Bergsteen June 29, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Not so cute when they start to attack children and infants. Let the hunters hunt them away. Early settlers were right in eliminating them. Humans Rule, we don't live with wild dangerous animals. If we need more land, Humans take it, animals lose it. Hunt them away.

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