Latest CT Bear Sighting Stats Released — Farmington Valley & Bristol Area Top The List

Bear spotted at Chippens Hill Middle School in Bristol | Photo courtesy Carrie Aldieri

It seems like every time you turn around there’s been another black bear sighting.

Black bears are becoming increasingly common in Connecticut as the population continues to grow and expand.

Reports of bear sightings, even in heavily populated residential areas, have been on the rise.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) regularly posts updates about how many bears have been tracked in each town.

So far, Farmington takes the lead with 435 sightings.

Avon received 427 sightings.

According to the report, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Litchfield, Granby, and Torrington received high bear sightings as well.

In total 7,526 black bears have been reported in Connecticut.

Most recently, a bear walked into a liquor store in Bristol and another bear broke into a car.

Many other bear sightings can be seen all over social media by individuals spotting them.

DEEP says bears should never be fed, either intentionally or accidentally.

Andover 1
Ansonia 4
Ashford 1
Avon 427
Bantam 2
Barkhamsted 146
Beacon Falls 6
Berlin 29
Bethany 19
Bethel 24
Bethlehem 54
Bloomfield 90
Bozrah 1
Branford 1
Bridgewater 67
Bristol 162
Brookfield 153
Brooklyn 1
Burlington 323
Canaan 19
Canterbury 2
Canton 195
Chaplin 1
Cheshire 36
Chester 3
Clinton 5
Colchester 3
Colebrook 24
Columbia 1
Cornwall 75
Coventry 3
Cromwell 13
Danbury 89
Derby 3
East Granby 79
East Haddam 3
East Hampton 1
East Hartford 7
east hartland 3
East Lyme 2
East Windsor 2
Eastford 1
Easton 35
Ellington 5
Enfield 6
Essex 1
Fairfield 5
Falls Village 1
Farmington 435
Franklin 1
Glastonbury 6
Goshen 87
Granby 382
Greenwich 7
Griswold 1
Groton 1
Guilford 19
Haddam 3
Hamden 74
Hampton 4
Hartford 10
Hartland 32
Harwinton 197
Hebron 1
Kent 74
Killingly 1
Killingworth 4
Lakeville 3
Lebanon 2
Ledyard 1
Litchfield 189
Lyme 4
Madison 17
Manchester 4
Mansfield 1
Marlborough 3
Meriden 4
Middlebury 76
Middletown 4
Monroe 66
Montville 3
Morris 28
Naugatuck 15
New Britain 33
New Fairfield 51
New Hartford 182
New Haven 5
New London 1
New Milford 261
New Preston 3
Newington 8
Newtown 209
Norfolk 35
North Canaan 14
North Granby 3
North Haven 15
Northfield 1
Norwich 1
Old Saybrook 1
Oxford 67
Plainfield 1
Plainville 54
Plymouth 84
Portland 9
Prospect 1
Redding 86
Ridgefield 22
Riverton 1
Rocky Hill 3
Roxbury 91
Salem 2
Salisbury 120
Sandy Hook 2
Seymour 19
Sharon 68
Shelton 8
Sherman 59
Simsbury 362
Somers 3
South Windsor 10
Southbury 233
Southington 64
Stafford 24
Stamford 2
Stonington 1
Suffield 46
Terryville 2
Thomaston 99
Tolland 19
Torrington 283
Trumbull 6
Uncasville 1
Union 6
unionville 2
Voluntown 1
Wallingford 7
Warren 35
Washington 61
Waterbury 53
Waterford 3
Watertown 78
West Hartford 154
west hartland 1
West Simsbury 1
Weston 3
Westport 2
Wethersfield 7
Willington 5
Wilton 13
Winchester 172
Windham 1
Windsor 106
Windsor Locks 41
winsted 4
Wolcott 65
Woodbridge 22
Woodbury 158
Woodstock 2
Total 7571

Connecticut residents should take the following simple steps to avoid conflicts and problems with black bears:

Q. Why have we been seeing so many black bears lately?
• Black bears emerge from dens in March, April, and May, but maybe a little later this year due to the unseasonably cold spring
• They’re hungry and looking for food
• Also, late spring-early summer is mating season, so males are roaming for mates
• Most bears are still south of I-44 but the population seems to slowly be expanding and growing, so encounters are likely to increase as time goes by
• The Department of Conservation estimates about 350 black bears in Missouri

Q. What do people need to know if a bear is sighted in their area?
• Remove all temptations from the yard like bird feeders, outdoor pet foods, etc.
• Seal garbage or leave it in the garage until morning or pick up
• Clean grills or store in a secure garage or shed
• Do not feed bears!
• Bears quickly grow accustomed to getting or finding human-supplied food and become a nuisance
• This causes problems for humans and sometimes the bear must be destroyed
• Remember: a fed bear is a dead bear!

Q. What should you do if you encounter one hiking or while in camp?
• Remain calm; make the bear aware of your presence
• Make sure the bear has an escape route
• If a bear stands on its hind legs or moves closer, it may be trying to get a better view or detect smells in the air
• If the bear utters a series of huffs, snaps or pops its jaws, and swats the ground, you are too close and need to slowly back away
• Black bears will sometimes “bluff charge” when cornered, threatened or attempting to
steal food. Stand your ground and then slowly back away
• If a bear should attack, fight back aggressively – they are usually put off by a strong


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