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Black Bear Shot And Killed In Burlington, Man Arrested

Cory Maitz accused of shooting bear after it enters his garage, then goes in his back yard. Neighbors nearby see bear enter their yard, lay down, and die.

 

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.

State DEEP officials say black bear sightings continue to increase in Connecticut:

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.

Ed Brunt May 16, 2012 at 12:13 AM
There was a black bear spotted crossing Horse Pond Road last Friday near the intersection with Duck Hole Road. He didn't cause any problems and just headed back to the woods. What used to be a rare event is becoming more common. I think we can assume that a few bears have established residence in our area. It's a shame that this gentleman overreacted and shot the bear. That was totally unnecessary. All he had to do was make some noise and the bear would have left. People should look around their yards and put away things that might attract a bear. Garbage and bird feeders are high on their list for quick and easy snacks. www.ct.gov/dep/blackbear is a great website for more info on black bears.
Christopher Jennings Penders May 16, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Two years ago when I owned a CT Water Authority Pass I was walking on one of their trails on Rte 80 just before Chatfield Hollow and crossing about two hundred feet in front of me I saw a black bear. It simply looked up at me and continued on its way. They are typically more afraid of us then we are of them. If we simply ignore them they will usually ignore us. -- Chris
Becky Bowow May 16, 2012 at 04:41 PM
What is the big deal with some guy shooting a beer other than the state not making a few bucks off it? Arrest, that's crazy! Connecticut DEEP officials have drafted a plan to organize the state's first bear-hunt lottery in more than 150 years. Our Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is set to review the plan to rid the state of a portion of its increasing bear population with the use of a rare bear-hunting season.
Liz Cholic May 17, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I think it's bear not beer.
LAURIE May 20, 2012 at 09:49 PM
What is the big deal??? he chased the "beer" (gotta wonder where someones mind is) into someone elses yard with an ilegal firearm and shot it??? Wow- scary I wouldnt want my kids in the same neighborhood as this nutcase- I would rather have the bear!
Katie Dumond May 23, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Does anyone know if there is a funeral planned for the bear that the public can attend?
Nick Malone June 06, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Who ended up eating the bear anyway? It was dead so why waste good meat?

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