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Black bear hunting under investigation in Newtown


NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) – The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is investigating the shooting death of a black bear Thursday.

According to the Newtown Police Department, DEEP responded and left the two bear cubs in the area because the area was animal-familiar.

“Currently, the cubs stay in the area because it is their home range, and their familiarity with the area will increase their chances of success,” DEEP officials said.

Yesterday morning Lauren Black saw Bobbi and her two cubs around her trees.

Some time later, Bobbi walked down Black’s driveway, which is when shots rang out.

“We were just watching her, enjoying living in nature. to be able to see this beautiful bear and then know that a few hours later she was dead and probably dead a… that’s not a good way to go,” Black said.

Bobbi the Bear, known by his tags as Bear 217, was a fixture in Newtown and surrounding communities.

Since her death, many have shared encounters they had with her.

“Once she was crossing the yard, walking straight towards me. I didn’t see it, and my wife called me from home and said, ‘Can’t you see that bear?’ said Joe Query. “We always look forward to seeing her.”

Black is now trying to have Bobbi’s babies with a rehab.

DEEP says the best thing to do is just watch them, wanting them to learn to seek out natural food sources.

“To better help the cubs, monitoring should be left to DEEP and local officials,” DEEP said.

Police and wildlife officials said they were encouraging people not to feed the animals because it would severely reduce the ability of the young to survive on their own.

Newtown First Selectman Dan Rosenthal has confirmed he is also trying to get the little ones with a rehabilitator. “I am working with our animal control officer, Carolee Mason, and lobbying DEEP, including the commissioner, for permission to allow the bear cubs into a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization. .”

Black says she’s already found places ready to take them, it’s just a matter of signing DEEP.

“We’re talking to people out of state, so if they don’t want the bears to stay in the state, there are options,” Black said.

The DEEP website indicates that in some cases, arrangements could be made to place an animal with an out-of-state rehabilitation specialist.

All witnesses to the incident are asked to notify DEEP at 860-424-3011. Anyone who observes a black bear in Connecticut is encouraged to report the sighting to the DEEP website.

DEEP also shared a list of bear tips:

NEVER feed bears.

1. Dismantle, clean and store feeders by the end of March, or even earlier in mild weather. Store feeders away until late fall and clean up spilled seeds from the ground. Store unused birdseed and suet in an area inaccessible to bears, such as a locked garage. Don’t store birdseed in porches or screened sheds where bears could tear screens or break windows to gain access to the seed.

2. Store trash in secure, airtight containers inside a garage or other enclosed storage area. Adding ammonia to garbage cans and bags will reduce odors that attract bears. Periodically clean garbage cans with ammonia to reduce residual odors. Garbage to be picked up must be put outside the morning of the collection and not the day before.

3. Do not store recyclables in a porch or screened porch, as bears can smell these items and rip through screens to get to them.

4. Keep barbecue grills clean. Store grills in a garage or shed.

5. Supervise dogs at all times when they are outdoors. Keep dogs on a short leash when walking and hiking. A stray dog ​​can be seen as a threat to a bear or its cubs. (Dogs must be leashed when visiting state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. Check dog and leash regulations for city properties, trusts land and other public property before traveling to these areas.)

6. Do not leave pet food outdoors and do not feed animals outdoors.

7. Use electric fencing to protect chickens, other livestock, beehives, agricultural crops and berry bushes.

8. Avoid placing meat scraps or sugary foods, such as fruit and fruit peels, in compost piles

You can find DEEP’s guide to living with black bears here.

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