Rayna Banks and her two daughters were on their evening walk in their Secret Lake neighborhood in Avon, Connecticut, on Thursday when they came across a bear cub walking down the street and snapped a couple of photos.
Banks says, "Bears roam Secret Lake all the time, but tonight is the first time I saw one. A cute little baby. No momma in sight." A neighbor told Banks that a full size bear, who she believed to be the mother, was later seen in the neighborhood.
Geoffrey Krukar, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Wildlife Division, says when encountering a bear cub, "Watch them from a distance. Do not approach them and if you see the mother, back away from the area." Krukar adds, "it's a misconception that Black Bear mothers become overly aggressive around their cubs and Black Bear attacks on humans are extremely rare."
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Krukar asks people who sight bears to share their findings on the DEEP website, to help the department track bears in the area.