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Residents Report Bear Sightings in Central Connecticut

Have you seen a bear in Greater New Haven? If so, upload your photos and videos to Patch.

Last year it was , this year it's bears.

It seems like every week there is another new report of a bear sighting in central Connecticut. A on Interstate 91 last week.

A for a green snack in a backyard in Meriden recently and another one lounged in a before scooting off into the woods. have been reported in the region around Cheshire and .

South-central Connecticut, though, seems not to have been invited to the party — at least officially. The town with the top number of sightings is Madison, and there's only been five there in the past year.

According to the state Department of Environmental Protection here is the breakdown of reports of bear activity in the Greater New Haven area from June 26, 2011, to June 24, 2012:

  • Chester, 2
  • Hamden, 1
  • Killingworth, 3
  • Madison, 5

Are the state DEEP's statistics inaccurate? Have you seen a bear in your backyard? Did you capture it in an image or video? If so, share your footage or stills with other readers on Patch by clicking on the Upload Photos and Videos button.

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