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VIDEO: Bear Appears on New Canaan Man’s Front Porch Friday Morning

BearSightingOnFrontPorchJune92017At830AM from dave freedman on Vimeo. An Indian Rock Road man on Friday morning took video of a black bear that appeared on his front porch just as his wife and 5-year-old daughter were to leave the house to catch the bus. Dave Freedman said it was about 8:30 a.m. when he glanced outside to catch a blur of something passing by the window of his home office. “Initially I thought it was a large dog because I just caught the tail end of it,” Freedman told “I realized it was a bear and told my wife and daughter, ‘Do not go outside,’ grabbed a camera and snapped a picture of the bear walking toward us though [the glass panes of a door].”

The sighting marks the third in just a couple of weeks, according to the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department. Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS: Black Bear Tracks Appear in Eastern New Canaan

Black bear tracks appeared out back of a home in eastern New Canaan on Saturday, officials said, following the winter’s first substantial snowfall here. State officials gave preliminary approval that the tracks—which appeared near a heavily wooded area off of Cheese Spring Road, near Knollwood Lane and the Wilton town line—were made by a black bear, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. The animal’s appearance serves as a reminder that bears remain in town even when they’re less visible in the winter months, Halm said. According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, black bears “are not classified as true hibernators but their body temperature is lowered and heart rate slowed during winter denning.”

“Denning enables bears to overcome unfavorable weather conditions and lack of food during winter. Denning bears do not eat, drink, urinate, or defecate. Continue Reading →

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Black Bear Spotted Tuesday Morning on Park Place in New Canaan

New Canaan Police say a black bear was seen Tuesday morning on Park Place. The 7 a.m. sighting of a small black bear is the first in New Canaan since a young male was spotted on Oenoke Lane in May, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the department’s Animal Control section. It’s late in the year for a black bear to appear in this area, and Halm said the animal may be feeding on pumpkins left out front of homes for the season. “It’s the first for me, in such close quarters,” Halm told “I’m sure they are sighted in the woods upstate but one wonders why, in November, it’s still prowling this far south.”

No one photographed or shot video of the bear this time around, she said. Continue Reading →

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Black Bear Sighting in New Canaan

As local Animal Control officials had anticipated, New Canaan saw its first black bear of the year on Tuesday morning. A sighting was reported around 8:30 a.m. in the area of Oenoke Lane, Seminary Street, Oenoke Ridge Road and Elm Street, according to a bulletin published by the town through email, text and robocall. Officials are urging residents to “take in bird feeders and bird food at night, do not feed domestic pets outside.”

“Place garbage cans inside a garage or shed—add ammonia to trash to make it unpalatable,” the bulletin said. Oenoke Lane resident Tom Nissley told that he first spotted the bear at about 10 p.m. Monday. The animal’s movement triggered an automatic porch light outside, and when he looked beyond, Nissley said he spotted “a large profile.”

“I knew it was a bear and I realized this morning that it had been playing down [near] a birdfeeder,” he said. Continue Reading →

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‘They Could Become a More Permanent Fixture’: New Canaanites Should Expect To See Black Bears Again Soon

After at least five sightings of black bears in town between last April and September, the head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section is notifying residents now that they should expect to see the species again soon. The young males spotted last summer gave Officer Allyson Halm the impression that they’re passing through this area, and New Canaanites likely will see more of them as spring approaches, according to Officer Allyson Halm. “They could become a more permanent fixture here,” said Halm, who spotted a black bear loping across Cheese Spring Road last summer, just days into the job. The omnivorous mammal had been spotted on Weed Street in October 2014 and then made headlines in New Canaan last April, when a family (rescue) dog alerted his family to a black bear that had entered the rear porch of a residence. After a black bear was spotted in June on Thayer Pond Road, officials urged New Canaanites to ensure their garbage cans and birdfeeders were secured, town officials issued a list of do’s and don’ts. Continue Reading →

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