PHOTO, VIDEO: Black Bear in Tree Closes Upper Oenoke Ridge Road Temporarily Wednesday Morning [UPDATED]
Update 9:15 a.m.
The black bear climbed a tree on Oenoke Ridge Road, closing the road for a time between Lukes Wood and Turtle Back Roads starting at about 9:15 a.m., officials said. He or she started coming down around 9:25 a.m.
New Canaan Police received reports the first black bear sightings in town of 2018 on Wednesday morning, as eyewitnesses on Hickok Road described seeing the animal around 7:20 a.m., according to local authorities. Two more sightings followed, including at the Country Club of New Canaan golf course off of Smith Ridge Road, meaning the bear is moving east-west, said Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section. Halm said she originally had been concerned that New Canaan had a mother bear with young ones, since a resident had reported last month what could have been a pair of cubs, but that the bear seen May 2 was on its own. “So I feel better about that,” she said.