Middletown police are warning residents to be alert after a black bear was spotted roaming the Westfield area of the city on Tuesday.
Police are urging community members to stay calm and keep their distance if they encounter a bear.
“If you see a bear, do not approach it.” said Middletown police spokesperson Lt. Heather Desmond. “It is a wild animal. Please leave it alone.”
Desmond is reminding residents to keep bird feeders, gas grills, garbage cans and other potential food sources out of reach.
More information is available through the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.