Even more of Mother Nature’s creatures are coming out of the wood work.  This time; it’s black bears.

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says watch out for these hungry dudes.  CT Post reports a record breaking 6,703 sightings happened in 2016.

That’s over 2,000 more than last year.

So, let’s get to the good news first. First of all, our bear populations are making a major comeback.  I mean, back in the mid-1800’s we nearly eliminated them.  Not good.

But that’s certainly changed since the brunt of farmland cleared out by our ancestors is regrowing.

Nearly every municipality in the state reported seeing one of these fuzzy majestic creatures.  Actually, some of our major cities got a special visit.  Danbury, Norwalk, New Haven, Stamford, and Waterbury had bears drop by in 2016.

Still, bear country USA remains in the Avon, Farmington and Canton cluster.  They saw the most bears out of the entire state.  For example, Avon saw 602 of these big dudes.

So, if you’re like me and never seen a black bear… now you know where to go.

Now onto the not-so-great news.  Black bears cause some serious trouble.  They invade homes.  They show up unannounced at parties.  Above all else, they know how to make a royal mess.

And if we get too friendly with them, it’s a death sentence.

With more bears wandering into major cities, it’s causing more disruptions to traffic and public safety.

So, if you see a black bear, it is your responsibility not to touch or feed them.  Even if your heart says yes, you gotta say no.

It’s also a good idea to make sure you seal up your trash.  Otherwise, a wandering bear might come across the smorgasbord and accidentally view your house as a new buffet.

Let’s face it, we mammals are lazy.  Why hunt and kill something small and squirmy when you can go dumpster diving for leftover pizza?

So, let’s help keep that black bear population strong.  Leave those bears be and, most likely, they’ll amble back into the woods where they belong.

For a full breakdown of the state’s bear sightings: go HERE.

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