Black Bear Sighted Friday in Area of Irwin Park

The head of Animal Control in New Canaan is reminding residents to back away slowly and never turn their back on a bear if they come upon one while walking, following another sighting at Irwin Park last week. Multiple residents reported seeing a black bear in the Weed Street area of Irwin at around 7 p.m. last Friday. “Make yourself look large and make a lot of noise” if a bear is near while walking, according to Animal Control Officer Sean Godejohn. “If possible, get into your car, home or garage.”

New Canaan is seeing an increasing number of black bears because their overall population is rising steadily, Godejohn said. 

A black bear was seen last summer in Irwin. Black bears typically breed in late June or early July, according to the state.

Local Dog Quarantined After Biting Grocery Delivery Man

A local dog underwent 10 days of quarantine at home after biting a grocery delivery man earlier this month, records show. The two-year-old Boxer mix attacked the man early on the afternoon of May 7, according to a New Canaan Police Department incident report obtained by through a public records request. At about 2:18 p.m. that Tuesday, NCPD Animal Control Officer Sean Godejohn was dispatched to a Thurton Drive home on a complaint of a dog bite, the incident report said. The victim “told this officer that he was bit by a dog … while delivering groceries,” Godejohn said in the report. The man had gone around the back of the home through a closed gate to make the deliveries, it said.

Young Owl Injured After Becoming Entangled in Soccer Net on Carter Street

New Canaan Police are urging residents to remove soccer and lacrosse nets when not in use after an owl injured himself badly after getting entangled Tuesday morning. The call came in to Animal Control Officer Sean Godejohn at about 9 a.m. from a Carter Street residence. “The owl was heavily entangled in the soccer net when I arrived,” he told “The owl had patches of missing feathers from where he tried to desperately free himself. The owl had a number of cuts, scrapes and lacerations from the friction of the net against the owl’s fragile wings and neck.

Injured Goose Found Shot with Arrow; Police Euthanize Bird

Authorities say they were forced to euthanize a Canada goose on Tuesday after the bird had been shot by an arrow. The injured goose was spotted in the morning by a Green Meadow Lane homeowner who contacted police, according to New Canaan Police Department Animal Control Officer Sean Godejohn. “The goose was struck in the rear tail feather area,” he told “The goose seemed to have discomfort and issues walking.”

Police are investigating. The penalty for shooting a goose with an arrow is a charge of animal cruelty, Godejohn said.

Seven Ducklings Rescued from Storm Drain at NCHS

New Canaan Police Animal Control Officer Sean Godejohn on Wednesday morning rescued baby ducks stuck in a storm drain. At about 10 a.m., a passerby at New Canaan High School could hear the baby ducks calling out to their mom from the drain, Godejohn told, and placed a call to responders. “If they had not been taken out of the storm drain they would have died,” Godejohn said. “Baby ducks don’t know how to properly preen themselves to waterproof their feathers.  So they become water logged and drown or become too cold and die.”

Godejohn was first on scene and called for the local Highway Department to help move aside a drain grate weighing about 200 to 300 pounds so he could get to the stranded ducklings. “I released the first duckling to the mother to try to keep her in the area,” Godejohn said.