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Authorities Euthanize Bear That Made its Way Over to Bradley Air National Guard Base (Updated)

Bear was spotted wandering around Windsor Locks throughout the day.

Photo courtesy of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Facebook Page.
Photo courtesy of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Facebook Page.
A bear that was first spotted around 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning and was seen wandering around Windsor Locks throughout the day, eventually made its way over to a taxi terminal near Bradley Air National Guard Base and has been euthanized by authorities, according to nbcconnecticut.com.

The bear was euthanized around 10 p.m. Thursday night after state and airport police worked to keep it away from the airport.

Read nbcconnecticut.com's full report here.

DEEP spokesman Dennis Schain told the New Haven Register that the bear had been spotted in the vicinity of the airport for the past few days and was a safety risk to aircraft.

Schain also said that euthanizing the bear was necessary for aircraft safety.

Read the Register's full story here.
marc s ruby July 12, 2014 at 02:07 PM
Euthanized is a nicer word than Murdered !! Thats all . Bear was Lost , could have been tranquilled .The Bear could have been brought elsewhere. But NO ,just more convenient to simply Shoot the defenseless Animal to death . Cheaper and Easier !!! No problem because it wasn't one of them being Shot - Disgracefull !!!!!
Karen Smith July 12, 2014 at 05:13 PM
the news article itself said that the bear had caused no problem until it wandered onto airport property. It's a shame that the bear could not read the sign that said airport property! When are we going to stop playing God and decide who gets to go where. Wildlife was here awhile before we were and we're the ones that have been invading their territory. At least give them a chance and relocate them to a wild area. Really getting tired of the DEP being lazy.
brian kelly July 13, 2014 at 12:29 AM
i guarantee you, at this very moment. that poor defenseless bear is in a taxidermy shop being stuffed. and will end up in that cops family room. where his kids will play with it. big man!
Patricia Caruthers July 13, 2014 at 08:56 PM
Was this REALLY the only way to handle this situation???? Could they have not tranquilized the bear and relocated him to a safer place??? Is the Bear really the animal here?????
Winston W July 14, 2014 at 12:02 AM
I am a hunter and have no problem shooting an animal for meat. Although everyone may not agree with this lifestyle, I think we can all agree that the DEEP's actions as of the past several years including shooting moose and black bears in situations where they can EASILY be tranquilized and relocated can be summed up as... a disgrace. Our tax dollars pay wildlife officials to do their job correctly, not use a bullet because it's cheaper and everyone will be home in time for dinner. Whoever is in charge of making these decisions in the field needs to ease up on the law enforcement training and go back to school to learn to be a proper wildlife technician and do the right thing. And people pleassssse... if you have a problem with a wild animal on your property, call a nuisance wildlife control operator. NOT your local Police, they have no wildlife training and will most likely shoot an animal that can easily be relocated!

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