Bear that tried to break into Avon home for brownies back in 2017 returns, now a mother

Animals and Wildlife

AVON, Conn. (WTNH) — A bear from Avon that went viral back in 2017 is back.

A photo was sent to News 8’s Dennis House by a friend back in 2017. It shows a woman inside a home baking brownies and a bear who apparently wanted one. The picture was a social media sensation and was posted around the world.

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Now, four years later, the same bear is back and we have learned so much about her.

A new video shows the bear and her cubs – yearlings – wandering through the front yard of a home across the street from the ‘brownie house’. They appear harmless sauntering across the lawn.

A closer look at a different camera angle shows the tags on the ears of the bears are the same number, DEEP confirmed.

Female bears tend to hang out in the same general area, a three-mile radius.

The bear is a six-year-old and spent the winter with her offspring living under a house in suburban Hartford.

RELATED: This Week in CT: News 8’s Dennis House tracks down bear with wildlife biologists; CT DEEP talks bear encounters throughout the state

After this story aired Thursday, a viewer sent us this picture of “brownie bear” climbing a tree with her cubs in Avon.

Megan Witcoskie of Avon told News 8, “This is bear 016, also known as “brownie bear”! She was featured in your story this evening (4/1/22) and my daughter and I spotted her and her family yesterday! Her Cubs got spooked by a little barking dog and ran up the tree!”

If you have a bear sighting you want to share with us, upload it to our Report It feature.

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