NEW CANAAN — It’s out with the cold and in with the summer weather — and with it comes new animals in local yards.

While many New Canaan residents spotted coyotes this spring, New Canaan Animal Control officer Allyson Halm said there have not been any reported sightings since May 28.

“They’re busy raising their young so they’re in overdrive: hunting, teaching pups and keeping a low profile,” Halm said. “That keeps them out of trouble.”

Instead, there were five black bear sightings from June 8 to June 9 in the area of Brookwood Lane and Oenoke Ridge Road. In one case, the bear was on the front porch of an Indian Rock Road home.

Halm said it’s more normal to see bears around this time of year. The berry-loving creatures have been spotted in town as recently as last November and December.

“They seem to be around a little bit more than we’re accustomed to,” Halm said. “This shouldn’t be a surprise anymore. Just like coyotes, they’re routinely making themselves known.”

Halm suggested livestock owners and beekeepers put electric wire around their fencing and hives to keep the hungry creatures from going in for a snack. She also suggested those with gardens put fencing around their berries as they become in season.

Halm said if residents do spot a bear on their property, they should make a lot of loud noises and make themselves appear large, similar to the methods used in coyote hazing. Hazing is a method Halm promoted in the spring, when coyotes were spotted often around town, which employs the use of loud noise via noisemakers, pots and pans and other household items, in order to safely scare off the animals.

“It’s pretty much dealing with all wildlife,” she said. “We know it’s there and be smart about it. Make sure your gardens are secure...berry season is here.”

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