Saying the town has seen a rise in the number of black bear sightings in recent years, New Canaan’s Animal Control officer has been trained and certified to carry bear spray this spring, officials say. The New Canaan Police Department receives reports of “a number of bear sightings” each year, Chief Leon Krolikowski said. “Most often, New Canaan bears avoid interacting with our residents,” he told NewCanaanite.com. “However, given that [Animal Control] Officer [Allyson] Halm is often called to handle a variety of wild and domestic animals, some who are quite unhappy, we issued her bear spray, provided training and certified her. This spray is not just for bears as it can be used to harmlessly re-direct a variety of animals.