A family’s dog is dead after it was attacked by a bear on Duncaster Road in Bloomfield around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The bear attacked in the 200 block of Duncaster Road, according to police. The dog’s owners brought it to a veterinarian, but the pet did not survive.
Neighbors told police that they have seen a mother bear with three cubs in the area of Adams and Duncaster roads for several days, but no one reported it until after the attack, police said.
Police have notified the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection/Wildlife Division and residents are urged to use safety measures to avoid the likelihood of attracting bears.
These tips include removing bird feeders and placing garbage in a locked garage, shed, or outbuilding or away from your home when there is no other building to store it in.
Residents are urged not to keep pet food outside and to use exterior lighting whenever possible.
Keep dogs leashed, especially when it is dark and visibility is low. Police also recommend making noise when you leave your house so bears know you are there.