WILTON, Conn. — Wilton residents are warned to be on the lookout for a bear that was spotted midday Monday, according to a Facebook post from the Wilton Emergency Management
The bear sighting was reported near the Norwalk Valley River Trail in the area of Raymond Lane, the post said.
Here are tips from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection if you encounter a bear while hiking.
Bears normally leave an area once they have sensed a human. If you see a bear, enjoy it from a distance. Aggression by bears toward humans is exceptionally rare.
- Do make your presence known by making noise while hiking. Hike in groups. If you see a bear, make enough noise and wave your arms so the bear is aware of your presence.
- Do keep dogs on a leash and under control. A roaming dog might be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs.
- Do back away slowly if you surprise a bear nearby.
- Don't approach or try to get closer to a bear to get a photo or video.
- Don't run or climb a tree. If possible, wait in a vehicle or building until the bear leaves the area.
- Do be offensive if the bear approaches you. Make more noise, wave your arms, and throw objects at the bear. Black bears rarely attack humans. If you are attacked, do not play dead. Fight back with anything available.
On April 8, the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Wilton was closed after a dog had an encounter with a coyote on the trail, according to Wilton Police.
That incident happened in the area south of Sharp Hill Road, Wilton police said. A leashed dog broke free when it spotted the coyote, but it was not injured in the encounter.
The trail remained close for about three days after that incident.