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Following Sightings at and Near Canton Middle/High School Campus, Police Remind Residents to Be Educated on Bear Behavior

May 12, 2016 Community, Outdoors, Police, Schools, Wildlife No Comments
One of the Thursday bear sightings. Photo by Connor Clement

One of the Thursday bear sightings.
Photo by Connor Clement

Following a sighting of a bear on the Canton Middle/High School property and elsewhere in the area Thursday afternoon, Canton police said they want to remind residents to educate themselves on bear behavior. 

The bear on Dyer Avenue Thursday. Photo by Capt. Lawrence Terra

The bear on Dyer Avenue Thursday.
Photo by Capt. Lawrence Terra

“By all means this is not a new thing but if people educate themselves on what to look for and how to conduct themselves, it will be safer for them and the animal,” said Canton police captain Lawrence Terra.

The most important tip is to not approach the bear said Terra, adding that people can get a full range of tips and advice from the state Department of Environmental Protection at http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?Q=578386&A=4808

According to an email from high school principal Drew DiPippo, a bear was spotted on the school campus at 1:30 p.m. Students were moved inside.

“Staff followed our emergency protocol and students who were outside were quickly moved inside and remained inside until the situation was resolved by the Canton Police Department at 2:15 pm.,” he wrote. “At no time were any students or staff in any danger.”

Canton Intermediate School also declared a “Code Yellow” and kept kids inside.

Several area residents also reported spotting a bear right after the incident.

Terra said police also received a report of another sighting earlier in the day when a bear was trying to access a bird feeder.

A bear on Colony Road Thursday afternoon. Photo by Tracy Zaccara Renaud

A bear on Colony Road Thursday afternoon.
Photo courtesy of Tracy Zaccara Renaud

 

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