SOUTHINGTON — As Kourtney Barnes walked down Center Street to get a drink after work with a friend on Wednesday, an animal control officer pointed out a black bear in a tree.
“I didn’t see him at first. The animal control officer said ‘Watch out. There’s a bear above you.’” Barnes said. “He didn’t look mean or anything, so I wasn’t too worried.”
She said the bear didn’t look aggressive, just hot and scared. Barnes, who is from Meriden, said the bear was probably about as tall as she is – 5 foot 3 inches. She continued along and shot a quick video from the patio area of 75 Center.
In the video, the animal control officer ushers people away from the area as the bear climbs down the tree and runs off.
“He ran into the woods a couple streets over,” Barnes said. “He was probably up there about an hour.”
Posts in the Facebook group Southington Talks pointed out sightings as the bear traveled by Walnut Street in Plantsville, West Center Street, Eden Avenue and Liberty Street.
Police added extra patrols to the area, since Music on the Green was scheduled for later in the evening. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was also notified to respond to the area.
DEEP eventually tranqualized the bear and moved it to a safe location.
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