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Black Bear Sighting in Tolland

Residents reported seeing the bear on Old Post Road.

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.

Kevin June 09, 2011 at 05:37 PM
I am 56 years old and have spent years wandering the woods in Tolland...especially the area in question. There have ALWAYS been black bears in those woods. But the houses were not. therein lies the problem. Don't blame the bears. Matter of fact, leave them alone.
Becky June 09, 2011 at 05:58 PM
The article has nothing to do about housing, just a reminder about the wildlife that exists out there & as for myself who walks frequently with my kids & dog it's nice that this info is shared. Nobody's blaming the bears, relax.
Kevin June 10, 2011 at 09:01 AM
Actually, it's almost always about intrusion of habitat; i.e., development. As it is in this case.
Rolly Charest June 10, 2011 at 12:19 PM
I agree w/ Becky--relax--this is good info--Kevin, the bears have and will always be there--if development pisses you off--short of moving to northern Maine--happiness will elude you--don't worry--be happy :-)
Kevin June 10, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Actually I did better than that....I moved to a beautiful national wilderness area in The Netherlands. Developers destroyed an amazing piece of habitat and the woods I grew up in off of Old Stafford Road & Buff Cap. Not to mention all the other huge plots of forest in Tolland. Too many people, too many houses. One day your children's children may have to go to a Tree Museum to see what the woods were like. Have nice day. Over & out. - KL

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