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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