Bear Sightings in North Stamford Reported

Stamford Police are alerting residents of recent bear sightings.

There were reports of two bear sightings on Monday in north Stamford.

The first sightings were in the morning the area of Heather Drive in the Hunting Ridge neighborhood.

The second one was spotted by a sergeant working an extra duty job on Opper Rd near High Ridge Rd.

“They have not shown to be aggressive towards people but please do not approach, feed, or antagonize the bears,” Stamford Police warned in a post on Facebook.

Advice from DEEP:

  1. NEVER feed bears.
  2. Take down, clean, and put away birdfeeders by late March. Store the feeders until late fall. Clean up spilled seed from the ground.
  3. Store garbage in secure, airtight containers inside a garage or storage area. Double bagging and adding ammonia to cans and bags will reduce odors that attract bears. Periodically clean garbage cans with ammonia to reduce residual odor. Garbage for pickup should be put outside the morning of collection and not the night before.
  4. Protect beehives, livestock, and berry bushes from bears with electric fencing.
  5. Supervise dogs at all times when outside. Keep dogs on a leash when walking and hiking. A roaming dog might be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs.
  6. Do not leave pet food outdoors.
  7. Keep barbecue grills clean. Store grills inside a garage or shed.
  8. Avoid placing meat scraps or sweet foods in compost piles.

The DEEP advised that if you encounter a bear while hiking, make your presence known by yelling or making other loud noises.

Never attempt to get closer to a bear to take a photo or video.

In the rare instance when a bear appears to be aggressive toward people, residents should immediately contact the DEEP Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011 (Mon-Fri from 8:30am-4:30pm) or the DEEP’s 24-hour dispatch line (860-424-3333) during weekends and non-business hours.