Bears in Connecticut can breathe easy.
A proposal to hunt them down in a lottery is dead.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's draft proposal, aimed at curbing the growing bear population, was never submitted to the state legislature.
The proposal would have allowed hunters to enter a lottery for about $25. Hunters would have also paid for a permit for about $50 plenty to hunt the bears.
The proposal drew opposition from animal rights activists who questioned whether the DEEP was impartial in the plan because the agency gets its revenue from hunting licenses and ammunition.
Other states, including nearby New Jersey have legalized bear hunts.
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