Take Action Today! Connecticut sportsmen should contact their state senator and ask them to vote YES on Senate Bill 522. SB 522 will address the rise in Connecticut’s bear population. Currently, members can contact their state senator by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.
A bill that authorizes a bear hunting season in the state of Connecticut passed the Joint Environment Committee on March 10 by a vote of 18-12. Because the bill will have a fiscal impact, it is likely to be sent to the Finance Committee next.
Bear numbers along the Atlantic Coast continue to rise, including in Connecticut. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reports that there have been 6,580 sightings reported in the past year. Senate Bill 522, sponsored by Sen. Craig A. Miner (R-Litchfield), will allow the state to create a bear hunting season to effectively manage the growing population.
Black bear numbers continue to rise in New Jersey, New York and many other states along the Atlantic Coast from Maine to Florida. Senate Bill 522 provides the Department of Energy and Environment Protection the opportunity to manage the growth of bear numbers to help prevent conflicts with people.
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