Bear Management Bill Clears the Senate

This black bear, shown in a Salisbury home, broke into multiple homes before it was euthanized by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Photo courtesy of DEEP (we-ha.com file photo)

There have been 133 bear sightings in West Hartford so far this year, according to DEEP.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Lawmakers in the Senate endorsed on Thursday a bill intended to curb dangerous interactions between Connecticut residents and the state’s growing bear population by permitting the killing of some nuisance bears and prohibiting the intentional feeding of the animals.

The bill, which passed on a bipartisan, 31-3 vote, notably does not include a limited bear hunt in Litchfield County. That policy was requested by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection but rejected by the legislative Environment Committee earlier this month.

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