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State Senate shoots down proposed bear-hunting
« on: May 19, 2017, 07:48:10 AM »

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State Senate shoots down proposed bear-hunting
Posted 7:02 AM, May 19, 2017, by Associated Press, Updated at 07:08AM, May 19, 2017

HARTFORD — Legislation that could have led to bear hunting in Litchfield County has been killed.
Senate Democrats on Thursday successfully scuttled the bill by replacing it with other legislation that makes it illegal to bring certain big game specimens into the state.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman broke a tie vote in the Senate. The bill was ultimately referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Litchfield Sen. Craig Miner, a Republican, originally proposed requiring the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to come up with bear-hunting season regulations.
Recognizing he faced opposition, Miner amended the bill, allowing DEEP to decide whether to seek such regulations. Also, his revised bill limited potential bear hunting to Litchfield County.
All of that language was stripped and replaced with the ban on big-game trophies.



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Re: State Senate shoots down proposed bear-hunting
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2017, 08:40:00 AM »
Too bad, they're really starting to be a problem up there but why would we ever allow our state biologists and fish&game decide what an appropriate carrying capacity is for the Bears.  Let's just wait till they're getting hit on 91 and 84 till we do anything.

I wonder what "big game trophies" they banned from the state?

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Re: State Senate shoots down proposed bear-hunting
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2017, 08:45:03 AM »
Humans are the lowest form of creation...oops,  God doesn't exist, sorry, forgot about that fact... therefore save the animals at all costs. Step aside humans; let the animals be our stewards!

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Re: State Senate shoots down proposed bear-hunting
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2017, 11:40:37 PM »
This doesn't surprise me at all. Who really thought these assholes would ALLOW HUNTING? I mean guns.  :eeek: Think of the cubs.  :eyejack: That whore wyman should he baited with donuts and tired to a tree in New Milford. The bear population around here is getting scary but it'll take a tragedy for something to happen.
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Re: State Senate shoots down proposed bear-hunting
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I can't copy and paste the stats from page 4, New Milford was 295 IIRC!


 Bear hunting billbagged

Wyman breaks Senate tie to defeat Litchfield County plan

BY PAUL HUGHES

REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

HARTFORD — Lt. Gov. Nancy S. Wyman cast a rare tie-breaking vote to kill a Senate bill that could have led to bear hunting in Litchfield County.

Wyman helped Senate Democrats bag the bill after Sen. Craig A. Miner, RLitchfield, narrowed a proposed statewide hunting season to just the one county in a last-ditch bid to salvage his legislation.

As recently as the 1980s, bears were absent in Connecticut, but the population has rebounded as the state’s landscape returned to forests, and there has been an accompanying increase in the reports of nuisance bears.

In the Senate debate, Miner argued the bear population in Litchfield County is growing so fast and becoming so unmanageable that hunting is the only viable option for controlling their numbers — and the damage they do, and the safety threat posed to people there.

See BEARS , Page 4A

>> See a list of bear sightings in Litchfield County, Page 4A.

AP


BEARS: Hunting bill defeated

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Nearly 1,770 bear sightings were reported in all 26 towns in Litchfield County since last May 17, according to official state figures. There were 6,350 in all eight counties. The nearly 2,880 in Hartford County was the most.

In the end, Miner’s arguments and the changes to the original bill were not enough to win over Senate Democrats.

The revisions were enough to to flip the votes of two Republican senators who opposed a statewide season, but that created an 18-18 tie in the evenly split Senate, and set up the scenario that allowed Wyman to kill the narrowed bill.

First, Senate Democrats proposed an amendment to replace the bear hunting bill with an ivory ban, but Sen. Steve Cassano, D-Manchester, opposed that proposal.

Senate Majority Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, then proposed another strike-all amendment to outlaw the importation of hunting trophies from Africa, specifically the elephant, the lion, the leopard, and black and white rhinoceros.

THE VOTE WAS 18-18 ALONG PARTY LINES , and Wyman cast the tie-breaking vote to approve the amended bill. The revised legislation was then referred to the Judiciary Committee.

After the Senate vote, Miner said he was disappointed, but not surprised that Senate Democrats maneuvered to kill his bill.

“I’ve been around 16 years, so I understand it. I can tell you quite honestly I still remain concerned about my constituents in the Northwest Corner,” he said.

Miner repeated what he told the Senate that he is hearing from his constituents every week about bear encounters and damage being done, including bee hives being destroyed, livestock being killed,

and even a front door being ripped off its hinges in one case.

He said he remains concerned about someone eventually getting seriously injured, or worse.

“I think the longer the issue goes on unmanaged the likelihood of some problem exists,” Miner said. “It has happened elsewhere in the country.”

“This is a pretty powerful species, but I do get people’s sensitivity to hunting, and I get their sensitivity to hunting this species in particular, but the numbers I think clearly, especially in Litchfield County, warrant some management,” he continued.

FULL-GROWN MALES

weigh between 150 to 400 pounds and females between 110 to 200 pounds. Adults are five to six feet long.

Each year, bear sightings are reported from approximately 140 of the state’s 169 towns. Over 6,000 sightings were reported in 2016. That is 4,000 more than what was reported a decade earlier.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection supported the original proposal for a statewide hunting season.

Relocation of bears is not a viable solution because bears tend to return to their home ranges, and other states refuse to allow bears to be relocated within their borders, according to DEEP.

Karen A. Chase of Kent took this photo of a bear that visited her home back in 2015.



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