Should Connecticut Allow Bear Hunting? [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 towns, 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.

A Tolland Resident September 12, 2012 at 09:13 PM
As an avid hunter, I don't think that there is a large enough population of bear to hunt, especially in Eastern CT. E.Craig Patapas - in response to your email, if hunting of wild animals was stopped you'd be swamped in sick, malnourished wild animals, deer especially. Hunting helps to keep the populations of animals at a point where there is enough food and resources for them to survive.
Brett Paulson September 12, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I am also a hunter and feel that there is not a large enough population of bear to warrant it. Folks need to stop leaving things out in their yards that attract bears.
Rose LaPlante September 12, 2012 at 09:33 PM
My son is a hunter and he is respectfully of the land and of the creature itself the killing is quick and the animal is used to put food on the table. If there are too many bears for the food in the area the animal will suffer. Seems like the right thing to do.
Brett Paulson September 12, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I will also add that the state will also have to administer the program, hire biologists and dep enforcement officers, etc etc. 250K is nothing compared to that.
love connecticut September 28, 2012 at 02:29 AM
People need to be educated about not feeding bears and leaving out feeders. This is ridiculous to even consider hunting. If people continue to leave out garbage and bird feeders than a fine should be considered to the offenders not killing the bears. It is irresponsible to feed the bears even inadvertanly. As the saying goes "A fed bear is a dead bear." Common sense is not so common anymore.


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