Bear Patiently Waits, Eats In A Downtown Danbury Tree

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A black bear has currently taken up residence in a tree off Main Street in Danbury. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection have been called to the scene. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton speaks with members of law enforcement to determine the situation. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa
The area around Wooster Street and Main Street in Danbury has been closed off as law enforcement determine how best to deal with the situation. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa

DANBURY, Conn. - Residents near Main Street and Wooster Street in downtown Danbury were surprised to hear there a bear had taken up residence in a tree Tuesday morning.

The bear is in a tree in a parking lot behind the Bishop Curtis Homes on Main Street across from the historic Wooster Street Cemetery. The parking lot also serves St. Peter's-Sacred Heart School and the YMCA of Western Connecticut.

Fire Chief Geoff Herald said a special team from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was on its way to tranquilize and remove the bear.

"We will help with ladder truck to remove him if necessary. Is it a him?" Herald said. "Nobody is going to get anything else done today." 

The Danbury Fire Department, Police Department, DEEP, Mayor Mark Boughton, residents of Bishop Curtis and a ZUMBA class from the Y were on the scene watching.

Wooster is blocked from Main Street to Grand Street. And cars are starting to park everywhere as more onlookers arrive.

The bear, meanwhile, just keeps eating and dropping branches into the parking lot.

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Ken P Jr:

They should leave it be.

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