Hunting Provision Stripped from Bear Management Bill

Bill Priest took a photo of this bear inside his West Hartford home on Sunday, July 31, 2022. Courtesy image (we-ha.com file photo)

So far in 2023 there have been 12 bear sightings in West Hartford reported to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). In 2022, there were 408 bear sightings in West Hartford reported, with only Simsbury and Avon reporting a greater number.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Lawmakers on the legislature’s Environment Committee rejected a proposed bear hunting season in Litchfield County before a Friday vote on policies aimed at managing the growing population of black bears in Connecticut.

With dissenting votes from some Democrats, the panel passed a version of the bill including prohibitions on feeding dangerous animals and permits to allow residents to kill bears deemed to be problematic. However, they removed a provision sought by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to allow a lottery-based hunt in Litchfield County where many of Connecticut’s bears are located.

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  • Sadly, when a child or adult is killed by one of these cuddly Bears, the fault will lie squarely on the shoulders of the Democrats. This is simply ridiculous. They love science and there is a bounty of it to support Bear hunting. Ask New Jersey, MA, Maine, VT or New Hampshire. Follow the science?

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