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Orphaned bear cubs transferred to NH rehabilitation facility

A Ridgefield Police Officer has been placed on administrative leave following the shooting and killing of a bear at a Newtown home.  The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Environmental Conservation Police declined to release the officer’s name, but say the shooting happened on private property.  Ridgefield Police have referred all questions to the state. 

The investigation into Thursday's shooting remains ongoing. 

The two orphaned bear cubs have been transported to an out of state wildlife rehabilitation facility.  DEEP Wildlife Division Staff contacted various agencies in other states to obtain authorization for the transfer. 

The cubs left yesterday from the DEEP Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area to the Kilham Bear Center in New Hampshire.

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