BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Bloomfield police are advising residents to be on alert after a black bear attacked and killed a dog over the weekend. Police in East Hampton are also putting out an alert to residents.
Bloomfield police were called to a home on Duncaster Road early Sunday morning after a family said its dog was attacked.
“Residents reported to responding officers of seeing an adult female bear with three cubs in the area for several days prior, however no calls had been made to BPD reporting the sightings,” Capt. Stephen Hajdasz said in a news release.
Police said the bear has been active in and around Adams Road and Duncaster Road.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection advises residents to take precautions to lessen the chance a bear comes to their property:
- Remove bird feeders.
- Place garbage in a locked garage, shed, or outbuilding. Where no outbuilding is available, keep garbage cans away from your home.
- Remove outdoor pet food.
- Use exterior lighting whenever possible.
- Keep dogs leashed, especially in periods of low visibility.
- Make noise upon exiting home, alerting bears to your presence.
In East Hampton, police received reports Monday morning of a black bear in the area of Crescent Street, Main St. and Hills Ave. So far the bear has not interracted with residents or pets.
In a statement police said “Do not intentionally feed bears. Bears that become accustomed to finding food near your home may become ‘problem’ bears.