A mother bear and three cubs have been spotted in a nearby Bloomfield neighborhood but it wasn't until a family's pet dog was attacked by a bear over the weekend that anyone reported it to police.
According to an NBCConnecticut report and FOX CT, a pet dog was attacked about 2:30 a.m. June 22 and died of its injuries after its owner brought to a veterinarian. The bear attacked the dog in the 200 block of Duncaster Road, according to police.
Bears do have a tendency to roam, especially with young cubs, in search of food. So keep your pets indoors overnight.
Here are some helpful tips from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Bears are attracted to the garbage, pet food, compost piles, fruit trees and birdfeeders around houses.
DO remove birdfeeders and bird food from late March through November.
DO eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed. Add ammonia to trash to make it unpalatable.
DO clean and store grills away after use.
DON'T intentionally feed bears. Bears that become accustomed to finding food near your home may become "problem" bears.
DON'T leave pet food outside overnight.
DON'T add meat or sweets to a compost pile.