There have been confirmed bear sightings in Lyme this fall 2019. While there are currently no known resident bears in Lyme, they travel through looking for new territory to settle. Black Bears are usually shy and afraid of humans. They are seldom aggressive except for a female who feels her cubs are threatened. Bears that have become acclimatized to humans, through intentional or unintentional feeding, become a problem.
- As a general rule, do not feed wild animals.
If you see a bear in the woods while hiking:
- Bears normally avoid humans. If they sense a human, they will stay away. If you see a bear, keep your distance. If a bear comes close, make loud noises and wave your hands.
- Back away slowly. Do not run or climb a tree!
- Keep dogs leashed and under control
- Let us know: Trail Report
If a bear is in the neighborhood, contact should be avoided by eliminating their access to human food and livestock. Bears have an extremely sensitive sense of smell.
- Bird feeders should be removed between late-April and Late October.
- Livestock and pets should be protected. Beehives should be fenced.
- Prevent access to compost heaps, garbage cans, and barbecue grills. Use ammonia and lime to mask odors.