Black Bear Do's and Don'ts


Click HERE for bear protocol and other information which was compiled by Sgt. Gannon with the Avon Police Department.


As listed on the State of Connecticut DEEP web site, please follow these recommendations to reduce the likelihood of bears near your home: 

Bears are attracted to the garbage, pet food, compost piles, fruit trees and birdfeeders around houses. 

DO make birdfeeders and bird food inaccessible by discontinuing the feeding of birds from late March through November or by hanging feeders at least ten feet above the ground and six feet away from tree trunks.
DO eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed.  Add amonia 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. 

If you sight a bear near your home, please call the Avon Police Department at (860) 409-4200 and an officer will be dispatched to investigate and contact DEEP if necessary. 

Click here for additional information on black bears through the State of Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection's (DEEP) web site. 

Click here to report a bear sighting to the State of Connecticut DEEP.