FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Wildlife experts differ on the exact cause, but one fact everyone agrees on: There have been more sightings of wild animals in Fairfield County and neighboring counties in 2015 than in recent years.
Whether it's the wetter, warmer weather, increased housing starts or heightened public attention, area police are receiving more reports of coyotes, foxes, deer and geese -- as well as encounters with bears and hawks.
Bear sightings were reported from all corners of Weston on July 3, according to the town’s animal control officer. And a bear was tranquilized and captured in Fairfield in June. A week earlier in Norwalk a black bear was spotted near the Merritt Parkway-Route 7 interchange,
According to wildlife experts, Fairfield County and Westchester and Putnam counties in New York provide plenty of green space and food for all wildlife. Deer as well as coyotes appear to have a diminished sense of fear of humans in recent years, they say.
Coyote reports have been frequent since the beginning of 2015. They also have been bold this spring, with one spotted at SUNY Purchase in Harrison, N.Y., during high school graduation ceremonies in June and another sleeping on a green at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, N.Y.
On June 6, a bear sighting canceled camping for several hundred families who planned to camp overnight at Mahopac High School in New York during the Relay for Life, according to the Putnam County Courier. Carmel Police received several reports of a bear roaming in the area off Baldwin Place Road shortly before midnight.
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