State wildlife officers have trapped and killed a black bear which had been spotted in Madison several times in recent weeks – including charging a man taking pictures through an open window. It had been raiding residents’ bird feeders and trash cans and taking a dip in local swimming pools.
The year-and-a-half-old female bear was designated with the ear tag B-1 after being trapped in Windsor Locks last October and relocated.
Dwayne Gardner with the Department of Energy and Envirionmental protection says the bear had become accustomed to humans, and aggressive toward them, probably because she associated them with food. He reminded residents to secure their trash cans.
Bear sightings were reported in 122 of the state’s 169 cities and towns last year.