Bear euthanized after killing dog in Burlington


BURLINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A dog was attacked and killed by a bear on Bradley Road in Burlington

This afternoon, a mother black bear with two cubs entered a backyard in Burlington. A Dachshund, named Rusty, that was outside in the yard was attacked and killed. The other dog at the residence was able to be brought in to safety. 

Upon arrival by law enforcement, the bear was then euthanized after showing aggression to Officer Smith. 

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Lee Sawyer from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the number is a bear sightings and attacks are on the rise as the population continues to grow.

“Certainly a very tense and terrifying experience for the homeowner. We certainly feel a lot of sympathy for them, going through this. No one would want this to happen to their pet, and we are here to try and help.”

Other livestock and pets have recently been attacked. A bear killed  Goats in Burlington last month, and last week a lamb killed in Plainfield.  Sawyer Says it’s hard is every spring there are more more bears in Connecticut.

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“An all-around kind of unfortunate situation but par for the course, as we have a bear population that continues to grow in the state.”

Bear biologists brought in an arborist to climb the tree and remove the cubs by hand. They were taken off to be relocated in a secluded area. Study’s show cubs this young have been able to survive on their own without their mother.

A correction has been issued: News 8 previously reported that the homeowner shot and killed the bear.


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