The arrival of spring brings increased chances for encounters between people and wild animals. To avoid conflicts with
, do not approach or try to feed them. Remove any food sources, such as garbage, pet food, bird feeders, and suet, from your yard.
Report sightings of bears
to the DEEP Wildlife Division.
Although they may appear to be "orphaned," the adult is probably close by, waiting for you to leave. It is best to leave the animal alone. If you are absolutely certain a wild animal has been injured or orphaned, before touching or moving it, contact the DEEP Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011 or contact an
authorized wildlife rehabilitator
Many wildlife species, such as squirrels, raccoons, or bats, will use houses or other buildings for shelter and as a place for raising young. Visit
(select "Connecticut" as your state to get started) or
DEEP's website for information on how to
handle problems with wildlife
. A licensed
Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator
can be hired if professional assistance is needed for solving common nuisance wildlife problems.
is supported by the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Northeast Wildlife Damage Management Cooperative.
To prevent exposure to
, vaccinate pets against rabies and never approach any animal, domestic or wild, that is acting disoriented or is unusually tame or aggressive. Suspected rabid animals should be reported to the local police or animal control officer. If local authorities cannot be reached, contact DEEP at 860-424-3333 for guidance.