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DEEP to try to capture, rehabilitate two bear cubs in Newtown

Two bear cubs have been located in Newtown and officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection say they appear to be in good health.  Their mother, nicknamed Bobbi and tagged by DEEP as 217, was shot and killed in Newtown on Thursday by an off-duty Ridgefield Police Officer. 

DEEP said in a statement last night that they have concerns for the safety of the cubs due to the risk of continued public interaction.  DEEP will be attempting capture and rehabilitation.  Wildlife Division staff will be on-scene this morning to check the condition of the bears and, if possible to do so safely, remove them from the wild in order to bring them to a rehabilitator. 

To help make capture successful,  DEEP asked the public to stay away from the cubs to allow them to remain in the area. 

It’s illegal to hunt or trap bears in Connecticut, though a person may kill a bear in self-defense and state law also allows the killing of a bear deemed a public health or safety threat.

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