The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued a reminder recently that bears are waking up from their winter hibernation hungry and grumpy, and to take precautions when out in the woods.
"These steps become increasingly important as bears emerge from winter hibernation looking for food and because the state’s bear population is growing. This growing and expanding population is estimated at approximately 500 bears, increasing the need for people to know how to prevent problems," said the press release.
"In 2011, the DEEP received nearly 3,000 bear sighting reports from 122 of Connecticut’s 169 towns. This spring, the department has already received several reports of bears traveling through populated areas and coming into contact with humans and domestic animals. When bears emerge from their winter dens, natural foods are scarce and, as a result, bears are often attracted to human-provided foods found near homes."
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