New Canaan Animal Control: Coexisting with Black Bears

With the recent black bear attack of a 10 year old child in Morris, Conn., New Canaan Animal Control wanted to take this opportunity to restate some of the basic guidelines for coexistence with bears. Black bear sightings are becoming more common in New Canaan year round so the more we know about them the safer we can be. Black bears are the least dangerous bear species in North America, and there have been only 67 fatal attacks by black bear on humans in the last 120 years. They generally avoid interactions with humans and retreat from conflict. An important fact is that a bear’s sense of smell is seven times greater than a bloodhound.