Officials: Black bear found dead in Roxbury last week was shot

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ROXBURY — Environmental officials in Connecticut have determined that a black bear found dead last week in Roxbury had been shot.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Tuesday its investigation revealed that the bear‘s carcass was likely dumped on the Roxbury Land Trust property. A necropsy confirmed the male adult bear was shot.

The bear was found adjacent to Upper County Road at about 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The DEEP says it is still trying to determine where the bear was shot and by whom.

In Connecticut, black bears are protected species, and bear hunting is illegal. Officials say a bear can only be killed if it’s acting in a threatening manner or poses harm to a person.