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Ridgefield Woman Finds Bear On Porch

Bear sightings like this one in Darien have been more common in recent years across Fairfield County.
Bear sightings like this one in Darien have been more common in recent years across Fairfield County. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Darien Police Department

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- A Ridgefield woman was surprised to find a bear visiting her screened-in porch on Monday night, according to the Ridgefield Press.

Anne McDermott of Topstone Drive heard the noise at 11:30 p.m. and found the bear eating from a bag of birdseed, the Press said. McDermott called the police, who notified the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, but the bear had left the scene before they arrived, the Ridgefield Press reported.

Officials said the bear had likely woken up from hibernation early due to the mild winter, the Ridgefield Press said.

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