New Canaan Animal Control: Coexisting with Black Bears


Black bear tagged and collared. Photo courtesy of NCPD Animal Control

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.

  1. Be aware pumpkins will attract bear.
  2. Do not hang bird feeders on porches decks or patios.
  3. Take in bird feeders at dusk.
  4. Be aware chicken coops and beehives are major attractants.
  5. Keep garbage cans in the garage or locked shed and only put garbage out the morning of pick up. 
  6. Keep your grill clean.
  7. Keep all your doors closed.
  8. Do not feed pets outside.
  9. Have hazing tools at the ready including bear spray.


Please report bear sightings to New Canaan Animal Control at 203-594-3510.

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