Homeowner speaks out after bear gets into Torrington home - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Homeowner speaks out after bear gets into Torrington home

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This bear was spotted in the area recently, but it is unclear if it was the one involved (iwitness) This bear was spotted in the area recently, but it is unclear if it was the one involved (iwitness)
TORRINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Emergency crews were called to a home in Torrington Tuesday where a bear broke in.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the black bear got inside a home on Winsted Road, through a screen window.

An 18-year-old inside the home came face to face with a bear that was trying to take a loaf of bread off the counter. 

"I came right into the kitchen first, saw the bear right there, staring me right in the eye," said Carlos Novicky. 

Carlos said he was surprised but not stunned. He said he's seen bears five or six times in the two months he's lived in Torrington. 

"I went back into my room and called my mother to ask her what I should do," said Carlos. 

Carlo's mom, Kelly said, "I got a call at work saying 'please call me' and I thought maybe something bad had happened, he got hurt, but he said 'nope there's a bear in the house.'"

As the bear rustled around the Novicky's shelves, Carlos called 911 and then animal control. 

When he finally peaked out at the kitchen, the bear was gone, along with some of the family's food. 

"He took bread from one of these two cabinets and left," said Carlos. 

As DEEP's EnCon police arrived, the bear was euthanized as it exited the house, officials said.

Officials said it's protocol that they have to euthanize any bear that has broken into a home, even if no one is injured. 

The bear was approximately 1 years old.

The agency had not previously had contact with the bear, officials said.

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