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Popular Connecticut bear put down after being hit by vehicle

EASTON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut bear that became popular locally with its own Facebook page had to be put down by police after it was struck by a vehicle. Outpourings of grief were posted on the page after Easton police on Tuesday announced the death of the bear nicknamed "211" for the number on state environmental tags it had on both ears. Police said the bear was struck Monday evening and Easton officers had to put it down because it was suffering. People in several Connecticut towns and even Armonk, New York, posted photos and videos of 211 on Facebook.