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MADISON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut environmental officials say they captured and killed a black bear who's been frightening residents for several weeks.
Officials at the Department of Environmental and Energy Protection say the bear was spotted numerous times in Madison and had shown rare "aggressive behavior" toward humans. Most recently, it charged a homeowner who was filming it through an open window on Aug 28.
DEEP officials trapped and euthanized the bear Sunday.
At least one resident fed the bear, which state officials warn against. They also say residents should keep barbecue grills clean, supervise dogs and take down bird feeders by late March to avoid problems with bears.
Officials say the state's bear population of about 500 continues to grow. Last year, there were nearly 3,000 bear sightings.