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Patch’s Poll: Is it Just Us, Or Are There More Bears in CT These Days?

The bear shooting incident in West Hartford is just the latest in a string of sighting this year.

Bear sightings are common in places like Litchfield County, which is one of the more rural areas in Connecticut.

But, so far, 2012 has had a few notable sightings in the more populated, suburban areas of this state.

Just last week, in West Hartford encountered a bear that reportedly attacked his dog, prompting the man to pull a gun out and fire at the bear.

A black bear earlier this month, last month, , and there were more sightings in Avon, , and so on.

The Department of Environmental and Energy Protection has the full list of reported sightings this year.

Do you think there are more bears now in Connecticut than there has been before? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Pem McNerney July 19, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Black bear #B1 spotted chowing down on garbage on Walnut Hill Road in Madison Thursday ... here's a story with pics: http://madison-ct.patch.com/articles/black-bear-raiding-garbage-cans-on-walnut-hill-road-thursday-afternoon. Thanks to Dianne for sending in the info and pics ...
Stephen Austin July 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I'm sure I saw a bear coming out of Stop & Shop the other day. They have to eat,I guess
CAjones July 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Steven, did the one you saw have a leather studded collar? You realize they are talking about the four legged variety..yes?
pigglett July 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM
It's humans encroaching on ALL wildlife, as we devastate more and more forests to put up housing subdivisions.
Julie Weisberg July 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Another black bear sighting here along the shoreline yesterday in Madison! http://patch.com/A-wn5k

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