Kelly Tuttle sent in these pics from Middletown and said:
My 4 year old daughter and I came back to our house on a cul de sac to find a huge black bear crossing the street right in front if us! These pictures are from our driveway! What a sight to see! Especially my daughter!
BEARS NEAR YOUR HOME
Bears are attracted to the garbage, pet food, compost piles, fruit trees and birdfeeders around houses.
DO remove birdfeeders and bird food from late March through November.
DO eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed. Add ammonia to trash to make it unpalatable.
DO clean and store grills away after use.
DON’T intentionally feed bears. Bears that become accustomed to finding food near your home may become “problem” bears.
DON’T leave pet food outside overnight.
DON’T add meat or sweets to a compost pile.