There have been confirmed black bear sightings recently on Old Post Road and other areas in Tolland, according to town Public Safety Supervisor John Littell. It is possible this is the observed on June 3rd. The bear was seen eating out of bird feeders and getting into garbage cans on Tolland Street and Route 74 in Vernon.
Tolland Animal Control urges residents to remain calm, but to take precautions; to "be aware but not alarmed." Residents should take down bird feeders and store garbage bins inside of sheds or garages. It's also suggested to keep pet food, compost piles and hobby bee hives away from your house.
If you see a bear near your house, animal control recommends making loud noises with pots and pans to scare the animal away.
Littell, who is also the town's fire chief and emergency management director, would also like to remind residents to never, under any circumstances, attempt to feed or pet the wild animal.
Anyone who sees a bear should notify the animal control office immediately at 860-871-3676 to report the color of the bear's ear tag, date, location and timing of the sighting.
Editor's Note: Although John Littell holds three titles with the town of Tolland, here he is acting as the town's public safety supervisor. Also, the bear sighting was recently, but not today. This information was corrected in this story at 4:40 p.m. June 9.