Bill Tackling Nuisance Bears Advances

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)

West Hartford Police Chief Vernon Riddick said Wednesday morning that calls regarding bears are up 35% this year.

By CTNewsJunkie.com staff

The Judiciary Committee gave a thumbs up to a bill that would allow Connecticut residents to use deadly force against a bear if it was injuring a pet, another human, or livestock. The bill will also penalize the unintentional feeding of bears.

The bill, which already passed the Environment Committee, initially included a provision from the state Energy and Environmental Protection Department allowing a limited bear hunt in Litchfield County. Lawmakers on the committee removed the provision due to lack of support and opposition from animal rights advocates.

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  • We need a Bear hunting season. Sure they are cute but destructive and deadly. If someone is maimed or killed, its all on the Democrats.

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