A black bear has reportedly been following hikers in Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Connecticut.
The Sleeping Giant Park Association posted on their Facebook page that several hikers and a runner were followed by the bear on Friday.
Two different hikers reported seeing a large black bear on Friday. A group of hikers said they were followed around 3 p.m. on the orange trail near the yellow/green in the middle of the park. A single trail-runner reported being followed down the red square trail to Mt. Carmel Avenue around 5 p.m.
Officials with Connecticut’s Department Energy and Environmental Protection offer the following tips for those who see a bear:
- Observe it from a distance.
- Advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms or walk slowly away.
- Never attempt to feed or attract bears.
- Report bear sightings to the Wildlife Division (or call 860-424-3011).