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Burlington Man Charged with Killing Black Bear

Bear allegedly entered man's garage and backyard.

A Burlington man was charged on Tuesday with illegally killing a black bear, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

DEEP officials said in a news release that they were called to 4 Cobblestone Road, Burlington, at 7:30 on Tuesday morning after a resident reported hearing gunshots and then seeing a bear come into his yard and lay down.

After investigating, Cory J. Maitz, 42, of 6 Cobblestone Road, Burlington, was arrested and charged with illegally killing a black bear — a misdemeanor — and criminal possession of a firearm — a felony.

DEEP officials said it appeared that Maitz shot the black bear — a male weighing about 460 pounds — with a pistol after seeing it enter his garage and backyard. Both the bear and the pistol were seized as evidence.

Maitz was released and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on June 4.

Mark Blore May 15, 2012 at 09:17 PM
While his response may be a bit over the top, and a fine would be a reasonable punishment, we don't know all the details. I think the bigger crime is that the state of CT is allowed to charge this man with a misdemeanor and a felony for shooting a bear breaking into his home. Nanny state out of control.
Kate Fleming May 15, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Should have called DEP instead off killing it. Jerk
Farmington resident May 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM
The bears were here before us, why is it everytime wildlife interferes with humans the answer is to kill them.

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