SOUTHBURY, CT (WFSB) – In response to a bear attack in Simsbury over the weekend, two senators are calling for a bear hunting bill to pass.
Senator Eric Berthel and Senator Craig Miner are warning fellow legislators that incidents like what happened in Southbury will increase if a bear hunt is not instituted to control the population.
On Sunday, a 38-year-old Newtown resident suffered non-life-threatening injuries while hiking in the woods in Southbury
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Two state senators are calling for a bear hunting season after a man was attacked while hiking in Southbury.
Officials said the man was near Lake Zoar when he was knocked to the ground by a bear, but was able to get away.
EnCon Police said traps were set up in the area.
“We are relieved to hear that the hiker involved in this incident was not seriously hurt,” said Berthel and Miner, “however, we are concerned that, given the explosion in black bear population in the western part of the state, these incidents will only continue.”
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection estimates the population bears in the northwestern part of the state is growing at 10% per year.
Berthel and Miner said state wildlife biologists have long recommended a limited bear hunting season to manage the population.