Connecticut bear hunt bill scaled back to help just farmers

March 18, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A contentious proposal to allow bear hunting in Connecticut has been scaled back, now focusing only on farmers whose livestock, poultry and bees are destroyed by the animals.

The General Assembly’s Environment Committee voted Monday to amend a bill that would have authorized regulated bear hunting in Litchfield County.

The new version of the bill, which awaits further action by the Senate, updates current law allowing the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner to grant permits for the taking of certain nuisance wildlife that have destroyed crops.

Under the newly revamped bill, damage to livestock, poultry and bees would be added.

The Connecticut Farm Bureau says bears are “one of those animals that are causing havoc on farms.”

The committee also passed legislation encouraging more non-lethal bear management techniques.

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