NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) – The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is investigating the fatal killing of a female black bear on Thursday.
According to the Newtown Police Department, DEEP responded and left the two bear cubs in the area because the area was familiar to the animals.
“Currently, the bear cubs remain in the area as it is their home range and their familiarity with the area will increase their chances of success,” said DEEP officials.
Yesterday morning, Lauren Black saw Bobbi and her two puppies around her trees.
Sometime later, Bobbi walked down Black’s driveway when gunshots rang out.
“We were just looking at it, enjoying life in nature. to be able to see this beautiful bear and then to know that a couple of hours later she was dead and she probably died a… is not a good way to go, ”Black said.
Bobbi Bear, known by its tags as Bear 217, was a fixture in Newtown and surrounding communities.
Since her death, many have shared the encounters they had with her.
“Once she was crossing the courtyard, she was walking straight towards me. I didn’t see her and my wife was calling me from home and she said, ‘Can’t you see that bear?’ “Said Joe Query.” We couldn’t wait to see her. “
Black is now trying to take Bobbi’s puppies with a rehabilitator.
DEEP says the best thing to do is to simply monitor them, wanting them to learn to seek natural food sources.
“To best assist the puppies, monitoring should be left to DEEP and local officials,” said DEEP.
Police and wildlife officials said they are encouraging people not to feed the animals as this will greatly reduce the cubs’ ability to survive on their own.
Newtown first breeder Dan Rosenthal has confirmed that he too is looking to bring the puppies with a rehabilitator. “I’m working with our animal control officer, Carolee Mason, and lobbying DEEP, including the Commissioner, to get permission to allow the pups to go to a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization.”
Black says he’s already found places willing to welcome them, it’s just a matter of signing DEEP.
“We’re talking to out-of-state people, so if they don’t want bears to stay in the state, there are options,” Black said.
The DEEP website states that in some cases arrangements may be made to place an animal at a specialized out-of-state rehabilitator.
All witnesses to the incident are requested to notify DEEP at 860-424-3011. Anyone who observes a black bear in Connecticut is encouraged to report the sighting on DEEP place.
DEEP also shared a list of bear tips:
NEVER feed the bears.
1. Disassemble, clean and put away bird feeders by the end of March, or even earlier during mild weather. Store feeders until late fall and clean spilled seeds from the soil. Store unused birdseed and suet in a place that is not accessible to bears, such as a locked garage. Don’t store birdseed in screened porches or sheds where bears can tear off screens or break windows to access seed.
2. Store waste in secure, airtight containers inside a garage or other closed storage area. Adding ammonia to garbage cans and bags will reduce odors that attract bears. Periodically clean garbage cans with ammonia to reduce residual odor. Waste for collection must be deposited outside on the morning of collection and not the night before.
3. Do not store recyclable materials on a porch or screened porch as bears can smell these items and tear off screens to reach them.
4. Keep barbecue grills clean. Store grills inside a garage or shed.
5. Supervise dogs at all times when out. Keep dogs on a short leash when walking and hiking. A roaming dog could be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs. (Dogs must be kept on a leash when visiting state parks, state-owned forests, and wildlife management areas. Before heading to those areas, check the dog and leash regulations for city properties, land trusts, and other public properties.)
6. Do not leave pet food outdoors and do not feed animals outdoors.
7. Use electric fences to protect chickens, other livestock, beehives, farm crops, and berry bushes.
8th. Avoid putting leftover meat or sweet foods, such as fruit and fruit peels, in compost heaps
You can find DEEP’s guide to living with black bears here.
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