This information was provided by the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection:
At approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers from D.E.E.P.’s Environmental Conservation Police responded to 4 Cobblestone Road in Burlington to investigate the report of a possible shooting of a Black Bear.
The resident from that address contacted the Connecticut State Police reporting that they heard two gunshots then saw a black bear come into their yard and lay down, Upon arrival, EnCon officers found the black bear, a male weighing approximately 460 pounds, was dead and had been shot.
The investigation lead to the arrest of Cory J Maitz, 42, of 6 Cobblestone Road, Burlington, on charges of Illegally Killing a Black Bear, a misdemeanor and Criminal Possession of a Pistol, a Class D felony.
Maitz allegedly shot the Black Bear with a pistol after it he had seen it enter his garage then go into his back yard.
The bear and firearm were seized as evidence and are being held pending court action. Maitz was released on a promise to appear at Bristol Superior Court (GA 17) on June 04, 2012.
The DEEP provides the following advice if you see a bear:
- Enjoy it from a distance.
- Advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms or walk slowly away.
- Never attempt to feed or attract bears.
- Report bear sightings to the Wildlife Division, at (860) 675-8130.
As Connecticut’s bear population continues to increase, more bears, particularly young bears, will be seen near residential areas. The DEP's response will depend on the specifics of each bear situation. The mere presence of a bear does not necessitate its removal. In most cases, if left alone, the bear will make its way to a more natural habitat. Removing food attractants, such as bird feeders, reduces the chance that bears will go near homes.
In the past year, eight black bears have been reported in Madison, five in Killingworth, and six in Guilford. For a complete list of black bear sightings over the past year, see this Reports of Black Bear Activity in Connecticut May 17, 2011 to May 15, 2012.