Bethel's HamletHub Sun, 27 Sep 2020 00:28:45 -0400 Congratulations to DAWS Ball Honoree, Byrd's Books Owner Alice Hutchinson

We are pleased to present our 2020 DAWS Ball Honoree, Alice Hutchinson! Alice is well known to the local community as she's the proud owner of Byrd's Books, a staple in downtown Bethel. She has lived in Connecticut since she was young and moved to Bethel in 1979, where she resides with her dog, Chippy, and two children, Stephen and Sarah (pictured above).
Having had a varied, diverse background that includes a bachelor’s in theater, master’s degree in teaching, and stints in theater management, recording studio engineering, and elected office, Alice finally settled on bookstore ownership.
She served on the Bethel Planning and Zoning Commission for 16 years and as first selectman for one term, from 2003 to 2005. In office, she was chair of the Board of Selectmen, the Police Commission, and Public Utilities Commission. After working as a development director at Canterbury School for three years, Alice fulfilled a bucket-list item in 2010 and ran for State Senate in the 24th District, the seat Julie Kushner now occupies.
Alice opened Byrd’s Books in 2011 and has loved every minute of it. The store has held “PAWS to Read” adoption events, which invite children to come read to some adoptable DAWS cats. We hope to resume these events in the near future.
Her son, Stephen, who happens to be the store manager at Byrd's Books, continues as a volunteer cat socializer at DAWS and brings back heartfelt stories and videos of his efforts. Alice's daughter, Sarah, works as program coordinator at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Alice is immensely proud of her children and is passionate about Bethel, her church, literacy, animals, and the arts and we are so excited to honor her at this year's virtual ball! We hope you'll join us!
Learn more and become an event sponsor HERE.
]]> (DAWS) Neighbors Sat, 26 Sep 2020 06:43:38 -0400
DEEP Reopens Lattins Cove Boat Launch at Half Capacity

Outreach and Monitoring Continues on Candlewood Lake and at Launches

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced that Lattins Cove state boat launch on Candlewood Lake has reopened at 50% capacity.

Lattins Cove state boat launch was closed Aug. 26, following an uptick in new COVID-19 infections in Danbury and numerous reports of “rafting” – boats tied-up together in mass gathering – on Candlewood Lake.  The shift in seasonal weather has reduced activity levels on the water, allowing for partial reopening of access to provide safe outdoor recreation opportunities consistent with COVID-19 prevention guidance.

DEEP, in coordination with DPH and local officials in Danbury, continues to monitor the situation and will maintain increased outreach and monitoring on the lake and at the state boat launches to deter and identify gatherings on the water and at state boat launches.

DEEP recommends that all persons using state boat launch facilities and docks maintain a six-foot social distancing separation from non-family members.  Where this distance is not possible, face coverings should be worn. All persons boating with non-family members should maintain a six-foot social distancing separation from non-family members.  On vessels where this distance is not possible, face coverings should be worn. “Rafting,” where several boats tie up, and large gatherings, are not conducive to appropriate and safe social distancing, and are strongly discouraged. 

For further safe boating information, visit For the latest information on state boat launch closures, visit the Boating Division’s Twitter handle, @CTBoatingInfo.


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Creativity Connects Bethel: Meet Alice Hutchinson

Creativity Connects Bethel

What fuels a vibrant, connected and creative community? What makes people feel good about living in Bethel?

When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good. Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Bethel? 

Creativity connects us.

Meet, Alice Hutchinson, owner of Byrd’s Books.

Is there a person or organization using creativity to provoke change in Bethel?

Yes, I feel the person that personifies creativity to provoke change in Bethel is Janice Chrzescijanek, the Director of Economic Development for the Town of Bethel. It may sound counter-intuitive to point out Janice, but she has recognized the relationship between business and the arts and helps broker that connection. She served on Bethel Arts as a volunteer and helped the Bethel Chamber of Commerce support local artists by helping to set up a cooperative retail space in the Chamber of Commerce space on Greenwood Ave.

Finish this sentence: When I think of creativity in BetheI think of … 

… the Toy Room. Not only is Kim Ramsey creative in her workspace, but she helps various organizations with creative events in town: The Trick or Treat Street, Summerfest, Winterfest, the Stuff-A-Cruiser at the holidays, and the Giving Trees that Social Services sponsors twice a year. The Multiverse event that was to have been in June is an example of the cooperative creativity that she connects with the Bethel community has enriched us all.

How does creativity connect you to Bethel?   

Creativity is what I look for in any community and I think Bethel has it everywhere we look: whether it is a restaurant reinventing themselves to the current crisis, retail adapting to curbside pick-up or others finding a way to support essential workers and families in need, Bethel has always had creative forces at work for the greater good. There is no better town.

Creativity Connects Bethel made possible by LIFEWTR.

If you are interested in being featured in our series, please email

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of HamletHub or LIFEWTR. 

]]> (HH) Neighbors Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:10:47 -0400
Bethel Public Library Reopens, Announces Hours of Operation

After a most challenging year, the Bethel Public Library is pleased to announce the careful, phased reopening its building. The reopening occurred on Monday, September 21st and was planned thoughtfully and responsibly, with the health of patrons and staff as the top priority.

The library lobby is open for patrons to browse select collections: new adult, teen and children’s books, DVDS, CDs and audiobooks, Nutmegs and seasonal books. Before we had to close the building in mid-March, Library patrons were attending informative and engaging programs and using the meeting spaces regularly.

While we successfully transitioned to virtual services during the past few months, and will continue offering curbside pickup and appointment-based services for those in need of computers, we realize many of our patrons miss the ability to browse the shelves seeking to be surprised by a new author or book. During this phased reopening, we are limiting the number of patrons and staff in the building to reinforce social distancing, and a mask must be worn at all times in accordance with CT Executive Order nos. 7BB and 7NNN. The Children’s section and access to the 2nd floor will be available at a later time.

The library will look different since we have removed furniture and seating. We look forward to greeting you during lobby service hours as we navigate this “new normal” together.

Lobby services hours are as follows:

Monday 10-11 am (Senior Hours) & 1-5 pm

Tuesday 10-11 am (Senior Hours) & 12-4 pm

Wednesday 10-12pm & 1-7 pm

Thursday 10-11 am (Senior Hours) & 1-7 pm

Friday 10-11 am (Senior Hours) & 12-4 pm

Saturday 10-1 pm

]]> (Bethel Public Library) Places Thu, 24 Sep 2020 07:08:01 -0400
Bethel Public Library OUTDOOR Classics Book Discussion on Monday Night, Oct. 5

OUTDOOR Monday Night Classics Book Discussion on Monday October 5 from06:30 PM - 07:45 PM

This month's classic is The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells.

Books are available for check-out with a valid Library card approximately one month before meeting.

We plan to meet outside on the Bethel Library lawn, weather permitting. If not, we will send registrants an email with the Zoom meeting link approximately 1 hour prior to the discussion start time.

Attendants must wear a mask while attending this event. 

Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom meeting link. Register HERE.

Questions? Contact Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3
]]> (Bethel Public Library Monday October 5, 2020 : 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM) Events Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:24:14 -0400
PURA extends COVID-19 payment program enrollment date

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) today announced that it has issued a ruling that will extend the enrollment period for the COVID-19 Payment Program for non-residential utility customers through November 1, 2020. The enrollment period for the program for both residential and non-residential utility customers will now extend through November 1.

PURA is also reminding all residential customers that the “shut-off moratorium” currently in place for state-regulated electric, gas, and water utilities is scheduled to conclude on September 30, 2020. PURA encourages all customers experiencing difficulty paying their utility bills to contact their utility company and ask:

  • First, whether the customer is eligible to be “coded hardship.” Special financial assistance programs are available to hardship customers. (For more information, see the Operation Fuel website); and
  • Second, if ineligible for hardship status, to be placed on a COVID-19 payment plan.

COVID-19 payment plans are available to any customer requesting financial assistance, without demonstrating financial need; require no initial or down payment; can be up to 24 months in length; waive any fees or interest in the calculation of the monthly payment amount; and facilitate the repayment of the past due balances in addition to the customer’s current monthly bill.

Importantly, any customer enrolled in a COVID-19 payment plan who is current with their payment terms cannot be disconnected even once the shut-off moratoriums have concluded.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:17:17 -0400
Redding's Bluebird Estate Sales Warehouse OPEN and EVERYTHING Discounted Thursday thru Sunday!

Redding's Bluebird Estate Sales Warehouse OPEN and EVERYTHING discounted Thursday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, September 26 from 10am to 3pm. The Warehouse is located at 18 Old Mill Road in Redding.

This is a giant OUTDOOR Tag Sale! The showroom is packed with furniture, decorative accessories, art, rugs, collectibles, household items and so much more from luxury homes all over Fairfield and Westchester Counties. 

Stop in and find your perfect home decor or unique gift for that special someone!
View photos HERE.
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Why Small Businesses Matter in Bethel (Reimagined): Claudia Ferreira, Realtor

Why Small Businesses Matter Reimagined

Small businesses matter - now more than ever. They are answering the call with innovation and determination like never before.

We hope you join us in supporting them by sharing their story far and wide and shopping local! We are thankful to Fairfield County Bank for their continued support and making this series possible.

Step inside the real estate office of Claudia Ferreira.

Three questions with Claudia Ferreira, Realtor.


What do you want the community to know? Are there ways for the community to help you and other local businesses to prosper?

I want the community to know that we are in this together! I am a realtor in Bethel, CT and I do the best I can to help families find the home that they need or sell the real estate that they have. My goal is to always make the customer and family happy. A way to help us prosper is to give support to our local realtors, and spread the word about our services! By giving us positive references, we can help one another. 

Are you offering any new products or ways for customers to purchase your products or services that are popular during this crisis?

We offer as many digital services as possible and offer virtual tours of homes. In addition, we are meeting with customers via Zoom or Google Meet and other virtual platforms.

Please share the ways your business is adapting to keep your customers and employees safe in addition to the standard guidelines

We are maintaining social distancing and keeping our customers safe by moving our services to an online model. In addition to virtual tours and open house events, we have used drones to provide customers a view of the property and neighborhood.

Visit Claudia Ferreira Realtor on here, and make sure to check out Claudia's Instagram and Twitter pages as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

]]> (Dan) Places Tue, 22 Sep 2020 05:00:18 -0400
NFCAR's Second Annual Shredding Event in Bethel on Saturday!

Gather up all your old tax records, bills, letter, invoices and bring them to A SECURE mobile shredder event at 15 Stony Hill Road in Bethel this Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9am to noon.

Just $10 shreds a full banker's box. All proceeds benefit local charities supported by the NFCAR Community Foundation. Event Co- Sponsored by Yamin and Yamin Attorney at Law.

Call 203 744-7255 for more Information.

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Bethel Police Ask Motorists to Be Mindful of Blue Jay Orchards Patrons Using Crosswalk

Bethel’s very own Blue Jay Orchards is ready for fall! Pumpkins, apples, and delicious treats await all visitors which means that the crosswalk will surely be full of excited guests!

The Bethel Police Department would like to remind all motorists to please be mindful of the Blue Jay Orchards patrons who will be utilizing the crosswalk. Drive slowly when preparing to travel past, and be sure to permit pedestrians to safely cross the street. In fact, if you stop altogether, you too can pick up something festive!
Blue Jay Orchards is located at 125 Plumtrees Road and is open for business from 11 AM to 5 PM each day.

We hope everyone enjoys the upcoming fall season and please remember to social distance, sanitize, and stay safe!

With the approaching November elections has also come the traditional posting of political signage expressing support for various candidates.  Unfortunately, as has been the case in the past, once again the Westport Police Department has begun to receive complaints related to the disappearance, removal and/or theft of these types of signs.

Residents and visitors are advised against taking it upon themselves to remove signs that do not belong to them, from either public or private property.  The enforcement of the town’s rules is the responsibility of the town of Westport, not that of private citizens.  The removal of signs from public or private property by someone not authorized to do so by the town, or by the owner of the sign, may constitute theft.  Entering onto private property to remove signs may also constitute trespassing.  Both of these acts can ultimately result in arrest.

The following policy has been established by Westport Town Officials in order to provide coordination for the placement of temporary signs by Westport non-profit organizations wishing to advertise one-time-only charitable events.  Signs placed on public property advertising a private business or company will be removed. 

General Guidelines for ALL Temporary Signs

• Town property includes traffic islands and road rights of way.
• The Town may not approve, nor is it responsible for, any signs erected on State of Connecticut property.  It is not advisable to place signs on State of Connecticut property (including rights of way and islands along Routes 1, 136, 57, 33, and the Sherwood Island Connector, nor on the exit or entrance ramps of I-95 or the Merritt Parkway) as the State may remove them.
• No sign may be placed on any school property without the prior permission of the Superintendent’s Office.
• No sign may be placed within the interior of Compo Beach or Longshore Club Park.
• No sign may be placed on Town Hall property.
• No sign may be placed on trees or utility poles.
• No sign may interfere with traffic visibility. 
• Signs on private property require property owner approval. Signs on private property shall not extend beyond the property line or into the Town right-of-way and is suggested they be removed within 2 days after the publicized event or election.

Temporary Signs for Advertising Charitable Events

The placement and locations of temporary signs on Town property for the purpose of advertising a charitable event requires review and approval by the Westport Police Chief, Director of Planning and Zoning, and Director of Parks & Recreation, or their designated representatives. Qualifying organizations (i.e. local non-profits) may send a copy of the attached request, including proposed locations, for the placement of temporary signs to: Selectman's Office, Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT 06880 or

The following conditions will apply to charitable events:

• A maximum of 15 signs are allowed for each such event. This includes directional signs.
• The signs may be erected not more than 2 weeks before the event and must be removed within 2 days after the publicized event. 
• The size of the sign cannot exceed 2 feet by 3 feet.
• Non-compliance may result in the removal of signs.

Temporary Signs for Political Purposes

Political signs are considered an expression of free speech and are allowed on public property. The General Guidelines noted above apply to temporary signs for political purposes. 

Please note that this Press Release pertains to Town of Westport roads, and not State Roads, like Route 1, Route 33, Route 57 and Route 136.

]]> (Bethel PD) Public safety Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:32:06 -0400
RVNAhealth StayWELL Services Wins ‘Provider of Choice’ Award

RVNAhealth is pleased to announce that its StayWELL service line has received a 2020 Best of Home Care® - Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. This award recognizes the top performing non-medical home care agencies in the nation, based upon unfiltered client satisfaction feedback. The recognition is a testament to RVNAhealth’s outstanding service and high-quality caregiving teams, each dedicated to the health and well-being of their clients.

Committed to being the best in our field, RVNAhealth partnered with Home Care Pulse at the beginning of 2020 as part of an ongoing improvement initiative, to better understand the client and caregiver experience. As an independent third-party provider, Home Care Pulse collects candid and direct phone-interview feedback monthly from StayWELL clients and caregivers in areas such as impact on daily life, communication, caregiver ability, and client/caregiver compatibility.

“As one of only 16 home care agencies in Connecticut to receive this award, and with many hundreds of agency options in our state, we are honored to be recognized for our outstanding service. I am extremely proud of our skilled and compassionate caregivers who provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I also extend appreciation to our incredible clients for their feedback and trust in having RVNAhealth care for them or their loved ones,” says Melissa Woodhouse, RRT, MOT, OTR/L, CDP, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL Services.

To learn more about StayWELL services, please visit or call 203-438-5555. To meet some of our exceptional caregivers, please visit our Meet the Caregivers webpage.

]]> (Nancy Rowe) Places Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:35:24 -0400
21 Year Old Newtown Resident Tess Michaelsen Needs Our Help!

Ridgefield native Tess Michaelsen is 21 years old and fighting for her life. 

If you have ever dined at Bartolo in Ridgefield, you might recognize Tess as the happy hostess who welcomed you to the restaurant owned by her parent’s Art and Julia. She worked there during the heat of the pandemic - as an essential worker.

It was a nagging pain in her elbow that prompted Tess to seek medical attention this summer. Never did this young, energetic college student, bound for her senior year at Xavier University, think she would hear the doctor utter the words cancer. Exterior-Axial Chordoma is an extremely rare form of cancer that, in Tess’s case, has spread to her lungs and lymph nodes. 

Tess is a true cancer warrior. She won her first fight at the tender age of five after being diagnosed with Leukemia. This illness inspired her passion to work at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a nonprofit that provides summer camps and programs free of charge to children with serious illnesses. Tess attended the camp when she was a child.

Tess is currently being treated at Sloan Kettering and hope lies in a clinical trial. It is this experimental treatment that doctors believe can shrink her tumor so that Tess can have surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. 

Here’s where you can help. A good part of Tess’s treatment is not covered by insurance, including the clinical trial. 

Two of Tess’s close friends at Xavier, Grace Rieger and Kayla O'Keefe started a GoFundMe for Tess and are hoping to raise $20,000 (or more) to support her treatment. 

They write:

Tess is a fighter, and a strong one at that! She is no stranger to cancer, as she was diagnosed with Leukemia as a child, which she won her battle with many years ago! She’s an amazing friend and person, never seen without her bubbly personality or bright smile, she truly lights up a room when she is around. She is a strong young woman who is ready to kick cancer’s butt once more.

This courageous young lady is battling hard and determined to complete her senior year at Xavier University! So, in the midst of treatment, and dealing with insurmountable pain due to a tumor in her shoulder, she is taking 18 credits and working on her capstone project so she can graduate in May with a degree in psychology! 

Let’s help Tess!

Please consider supporting Tess and the Michaelsen family by clicking HERE. All contributions will go directly to Tess and her family to help cover the costs of her treatment and hospital visits, allowing them the opportunity to fully focus on Tess’s treatment and recovery. No amount is too small!

Visit the GoFundMe page HERE.

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Upcoming Public Flu Clinics in Redding, Bethel, Newtown, Brookfield, and New Fairfield

Bethel VNA Upcoming Public Flu Clinics

*Fill out the consent form here.




Preservative-free Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine for ages 6 months and older and Preservative-Free High-Dose Flu Vaccine for ages 65 years and older will be available as supplies allow.

Please note: dates and times are subject to change. Please click here for additional information.

Please bring your current primary medical insurance card. Participating carriers for the 2020-2021 flu season are: 

Aetna, Anthem/BCBS, ConnectiCare, Harvard Pilgrim, Medicare Part B & Medicare Advantage Plans with Aetna, Anthem/BCBS and ConnectiCare

No charge for Vaccines for ALL Children, 18yrs and younger, regardless of insurance carrier

For non- participating insurance plans, payment accepted by Cash, Check, HSA, Debit or Credit Card.


]]> (HH) Neighbors Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:10:09 -0400
RBOR Merges with Bethel's Northern Fairfield County Association of REALTORS®

The Ridgefield Board of REALTORS® (RBOR) Consolidates Operations with the Northern Fairfield County Association of REALTORS® to Better Serve its Members and Area Home Buyers and Sellers.

The Board of Directors of Ridgefield Board of REALTORS® announced that it has entered into a partnership merger with the Northern Fairfield County Association of REALTORS® (NFCAR) located in Bethel, CT, effective October 1, 2020.

“The opportunity to offer enhanced education and services to our members and the community was too good to pass up,” said Lynne Boehm, 2020 RBOR President. “The inherent benefits derived from an extended market area that will include Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield and Redding, and the combined resources of 1000+ members to speak on behalf of property owners to build strong communities was a decision overwhelmingly supported by both Associations,” she continued.

On September 17th, Richard Eimicke, Association Executive for NFCAR held an orientation session in Bethel for the RBOR Officers and Directors who will serve on the 2020/2021NFCAR Board of Directors.  They include: Lynne Boehm, NFCAR Vice President, Weichert, Madison, and Post; Kyle Neumann, 2021NFCAR President Elect, Neumann Real Estate; and Directors, Jefferson Guthrie, Coldwell Banker Real Estate; Barry London, Weichert, Madison and Post; and Mary Pat Sexton, Keller Williams Real Estate. Laura Rubinfeld, RBOR Association Executive will join the NFCAR staff as Communications Director.

NFCAR, chartered in 1925 and RBOR in 1961 by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), are local chapters of the not-for-profit professional trade organization, the leading advocate for private property rights, housing and the real estate profession. 

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Bears Increase Food Intake in Fall, DEEP Be Bear Aware!

DEEP Encourages Continued Bear Awareness Heading into Fall - Bears Increase Food Intake in Fall

Heading into the fall season, in which black bears increase their food intake to add fat reserves needed to help them survive winter hibernation, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding residents of several best practices they can incorporate to help reduce the likelihood of an encounter with a bear. 

Interactions between black bears and people continue to increase this year, resulting in unprecedented numbers of complaints and requests for assistance. Some of these interactions have been serious, including bears entering homes and gravely injuring both leashed and unleashed dogs. Already in 2020 (through Sept. 10), DEEP has received more reports of bears entering homes (42) than in any previous year.

As fall begins, black bears increase their food intake to add fat reserves needed to help them survive the winter, when they typically fast and reduce their metabolism. Human-provided foods can be easy to find and access, making them more desirable. Black bears that consume human-associated food (e.g. birdseed, trash, pet food) on a regular basis become habituated (comfortable around people) and food-conditioned (associate humans with food). As the bear population continues to grow and expand its range, and bears become increasingly food conditioned, conflicts with humans will continue to increase, and food-conditioned bears pose a greater risk to public safety and often cause more property damage to houses, cars, pets, and livestock.

“Black bears should never be fed – either intentionally or unintentionally,” said Jenny Dickson, DEEP Wildlife Division Director. “Bears that are attracted to homes by easily-accessible foods lose their fear of humans. It is important to remember to keep your grill clean and garbage secured and indoors until collection day to avoid giving bears a tempting snack. Bears that are rewarded by easy meals spend more time in neighborhoods and near people, increasing risks to public safety, the likelihood of property damage, and the possibility that the bears may be hit and killed by vehicles.”

DEEP has several best practices for residents to incorporate to help reduce the likelihood of an encounter with a bear, available online on DEEP’s “Living with Black Bears” website, DEEP has also created a new video incorporating many of these best practices, available here.

Here are some of those best practices:

If you encounter a bear while in your yard or hiking, make your presence known by yelling or making other loud noises. Never attempt to get closer to a bear. If a bear does not retreat, slowly leave the area. If in your yard, go into your house, garage, or other structure. If the bear persistently approaches, go on the offensive—shout, wave your arms, and throw sticks or rocks. If your dog is hiking with you, it is imperative that you keep the dog on a SHORT leash and DO NOT let it roam free – this is for the safety of your dog, yourself, and the bear.

Everyone can be a good neighbor and take steps to reduce encounters and potential conflicts with bears. The most important step is to remove food attractants, such as bird seed and unsecured garbage:

  1. NEVER feed bears.
  2. Do not feed birds in the spring (starting in late March), summer, and early fall. Clean up spilled seed from the ground when feeding over winter.
  3. Store garbage in secure, airtight containers inside a garage or storage area. Adding ammonia to cans and bags will reduce odors that attract bears. Periodically clean garbage cans with ammonia to reduce residual odor. Garbage for pickup should be put outside the morning of collection and not the night before.
  4. Do not store leftover bird seed, suet cakes, or recyclables in a porch or screened sunroom as bears can smell these items and will rip screens to get at them.
  5. Keep barbecue grills clean. Store grills inside a garage or shed.
  6. Supervise dogs at all times when outside. Keep dogs on a short leash when walking and hiking. A roaming dog might be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs. (Dogs are required to be on a leash when visiting State Parks, State Forests, and Wildlife Management Areas. Check dog and leash regulations for town properties, land trusts, and other public properties before heading to those areas.)
  7. Do not leave pet food outdoors or feed pets outside.
  8. Use electric fencing to protect beehives, agricultural crops, berry bushes, chickens, and other livestock.
  9. Avoid placing meat scraps or sweet foods, such as fruit and fruit peels, in compost piles.

In the rare instance when a bear appears to be aggressive toward people, residents should immediately contact DEEP’s 24-hour dispatch line at 860-424-3333.

Bear sightings reported by the public provide valuable information to assist the DEEP in monitoring changes in the black bear population. Anyone who observes a black bear in Connecticut is encouraged to report the sighting on DEEP’s website at or call the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011. Information on the presence or absence of ear tags, including tag color and numbers, is particularly valuable. A common misconception is that a tagged bear is a problem bear, and a bear with two ear tags was caught on two different occasions because it was causing problems. Actually, every bear receives two ear tags (one in each ear) the first time it is handled by DEEP biologists. Most tagged bears have not been caught as problem bears, but rather as part of a project researching the state’s population.


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