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Report: bear killed by homeowner in Burlington

May 20, 2019 GMT

BURLINGTON — A homeowner killed a bear after it attacked and killed a dog in Burlington, according to WTNH.

The incident occurred on Bradley Road Monday afternoon, WTNH reported, when a mother bear with two cubs entered a backyard.

“A dog that was outside in the yard was attacked and killed,” the report said. “After the bear began approaching the homeowner, the homeowner then shot and killed the mother bear.”

Officials from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are investigating, according to WTNH.

Black bear sightings are becoming increasingly common in Connecticut, according to DEEP.


Yesterday, Derby police posted on Facebook asking residents to avoid feeding or harassing a bear sighted several times on the city’s west side.

Last week a bear was suspected of killing a lamb in Plainfield.

Last month in Burlington, a bear killed five goats. On April 29, Grazin’ Goats Farm reported that the bear had climbed over the six-foot high kennels and killed five goats named Inky, Ginger, Stitch, Junior and Frost.

In October 2018, a Prospect man shot a bear that got into a goat pen. The goat sustained severe injuries and later died.

And in November 2017, a small female black bear was killed after it attacked two miniature horses on a Southbury farm. The bear killed one of the horses before environmental police were able to euthanize the animal, which weighed around 150 pounds.