Animal Control: Black Bear Seen on Briscoe Road

The first black bear sighting of the year came into the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control Section on Tuesday morning, officials said. A large bear was spotted in passing through a backyard on Briscoe Road, near the New York state line, according to Animal Control Officer Allyson Halm. “I’ve had reports of scat sightings but this is first actual bear sighting,” Halm said. New Canaan has seen a rise in black bear sightings in recent years, and Halm herself underwent training and received certification in March to carry bear spray in case of an encounter with the animal. With so many families having moved into town during the pandemic, Halm said she was eager to make sure new residents are aware that it’s not unusual to see a bear here.