The state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reminding residents with livestock to protect their animals after a pygmy goat was attacked and killed by a bear.
It happened last Friday on Judd Road in Southbury.
A family says their pygmy goat was killed by the black bear on Friday.
The owner now carries around a flare gun, a horn, a flashlight, mace, and a cell phone while just walking outdoors. She even plays music out her side room window to make sure that bear doesn't come around again.
DEEP ENCON police responded and shot at the bear twice, but it had fled the area.
Officials said there was no evidence that the bear was injured by the shots, and was later “seen running by power company working several streets away before going into adjacent wildlife refuge area.”
Renatta Rosenblatt watched as her 13-year-old pygmy goat, Dixie, was mauled by a bear last Friday.
"Here I am watching this helpless, not being able to do anything," Rosenblatt said.
Her husband called 911.
"He immediately called 911, said 'we have a bear in our backyard attacking our goats, can someone come.' Ten minutes goes by nothing, so he calls again. So he says again, 'he's killing my goats so somebody needs to come,'" Rosenblatt said.
Rosenblatt said it took police around 15 to 20 minutes to arrive.
When an officer arrived on scene, Rosenblatt said there was still time going by until something happened.
"First police officer arrives, a woman, she says she couldn't shoot him because she has to wait for backup with rifles. So we're sitting here watching the bear tear the goat apart, at that part the goat was dead," Rosenblatt said.
DEEP will be working to set a trap so it can move the bear to another area.
"The problem is that this bear, we were out here, the dogs were barking right by that fence over there and he was not moving. This bear is aggressive, something needs to be done," said Rosenblatt.
According to DEEP, the goat was inside a fence “however only the lower portion, approximately 6 inches off the ground, was electrified. A fence alone will not protect against bears. An electrified fence higher up will help to deter bears.”
“Those with livestock are reminded that bears do occasionally attack livestock, such as chickens, goats, etc. and damage beehives. Those with livestock are reminded to protect their livestock with electric fencing and move livestock into barns at night if possible,” DEEP said in a press release.
"I do no idea, I had no idea there was a bear in my neighborhood, there was a bear around me. I understand there are bears here, I understand this is a bear country, but clearly there is something wrong with this bear," Rosenblatt said.
Rosenblatt has been inquiring for DEEP to do more about the bear.
"They're more concerned about protecting the life of bears, but not your kids and I'm really disturbed by that because there are kids down the street that are playing in the backyard all the time," Rosenblatt said.
She wants this bear to be euthanized.
"I am the biggest animal lover you'll find and I mean I ran over a squirrel and cried for weeks, so that being said I think they need to be controlled," Rosenblatt said .
Now in her backyard ,Rosenblatt had doughnuts leading into a trap that she said she had to fight to get in the first place. DEEP just delivered it on Thursday and she said she hopes more will be done in the future so no one else or no other creatures are hurt by the bear.
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