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.

New Canaan Animal Control: Look Out for Increased Deer Activity This Fall

The head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section is urging residents to be aware of increased wildlife activity this fall. With the mating or “rutting” season approaching, Animal Control Officer Allyson Halm said residents should be aware of deer on the roads and woods. “Keep an eye out for wildlife that is being displaced,” Halm told “There will be a lot more road crossings, for sure.”

Halm said four deer were spotting crossing Marvin Ridge Road on a recent morning and that “the anxiety level rises in the wildlife” this time of year. 

Part of the reason is that the archery deer-hunting season is underway. 

“There will be hunters in tree stands,” Halm said. The shotgun-rifle-revolver season for deer-hunting on private land runs Nov.