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Should Connecticut Allow the Hunting of Black Bears? [POLL]

The state's black bear population is estimated to double every 5-7 years, and they are costing taxpayers $250,000 a year.

There is no question that there are more black bears in Connecticut's suburban town, based on just the anecdotal evidence we have of Patch users posting photos. But state environmental officials say the increase in population is getting expensive and problematic.

Connecticut Mirror reports Wednesday the state is now spending a quarter-million-dollars a year responding to concerns about the exploding black bear population.

According to the DEEP:

  • There were 352 reports of damage by bears in Connecticut last year, and at least 16 incidents in the year before where bears entered homes.
  • Road accidents involving bears have also been on the rise, with 24 killed last year compared with fewer than 10 in 2000.

Last week, after the department decided it had become too aggressive toward humans.

So again, officials are pondering launching a yearly bear hunt in the state to help control the population. What do you think? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Paul Kischkum September 28, 2012 at 10:38 AM
My questions would be is this influx due to a growing population, a shift in available territory due to land development, or a larger shift of available territory due to climate change and survival instincts of the animals to find natural resorces to live on; maybe all of the above. I respect and enjoy the great outdoors when I am in it, and I also think decissions will ultimately be made based on public safety.
Paul Kischkum September 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Now I'll be dating myself, but does anyone remember Yogi Bear and Boo-boo, the signs that said , "Please Don't Feed The Bears", and the constant frustration of the ranger over bears stealing picnic baskets? I think they were trying to tell us something.
Natalie Jarnstedt September 28, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Shouldn't the public have some responsibility in dealing with wildlife? Killing bears will probably rersult in much the same as happened with deer. Bear will be part of the "management" of one species overt another in order to serve bears on a silver platter to hunters, as with deer right now. DEEP is responsible for the number of deer, and trust mre, when they start "managing" black bears, people may be in for much more than they are right now.
Paul Kischkum September 28, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Yes, I agree we do. I think the practice of doing something and educating of ourselves is important, that's why I posted on the subject and trusting what I know is to question if others are willing to accept the solutions either way they go. If for someone elses over sight I have a bear trying to enter my dwelling, I understand the burden caused by chance or by beyond my control to have to deal with that problem on a moment to moment basis, I would rather avoid it all together if possible, what do you propose as possible solutions for the state to deal with the saftey of the public instead? I'm not a hunter by the way.:) Is there something that the DEEP is missing in it's present practice that could be improved appon and if you don't mind the question, what is it that we may be in for if the managing program is used, curious for the information.
Paul Kischkum September 28, 2012 at 02:14 PM
By the way, I am not questioning the answers, I am questioning to here answers so people can weigh in on the solutions and may ultimately voice their opinions based on solid awareness of facts, as simple as being reminded, "Don't feed the bears", look what happens; can help us all. How do we keep the presents of bears in our neighborhoods from becoming a bigger problem, and even less of a problem if growth of their population continues?

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