The population of black bears (Ursus americanus) in Northwest and North-central Connecticut has been on the rise for many years. Since August 8th of 2013, the state DEEP has received nearly 4,400 reports of bear sightings. Of course, many of these reported sightings are of the same bear, called in by different people. It is my personal opinion that the current estimate of the Connecticut black bear population places the total number of bears far too low*. One fact can not be disputed … Black bears are becoming a nuisance animal in the state of Connecticut. In recent years there have been numerous complaints by homeowners, property owners and motorists about black bears causing damage and destruction in their yards, inside their homes and to vehicles on the roads.
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*My source for this belief comes from the fact that I see both tagged and untagged black bears at least twice a week, sometimes more, without reporting these sightings. I draw the conclusion that many other people who see bears, especially those who see them regularly, do not report them either.