Bear tranquilized in New Britain, misses net during fall

June 19, 2012 5:19:04 AM PDT
A 365-pound bear that was found in downtown New Britain on Monday was sedated and relocated to a state forest in western Connecticut, officials said.

The bear was tranquilized with a dart around 6 a.m. after climbing a tree behind the city's LaQuinta Hotel. Staff from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection set up a net to break the bear's fall, but it hit some tree limbs as it fell about 16 to 20 feet to the ground and missed the net.

About 20 to 25 bears are tranquilized and relocated each year by DEEP, which said bears are known to fall such distances without injury in the wild without injury.

New Britain Mayor Timothy O'Brien issued an alert about bears Friday after several sightings were reported around the city.

City officials had urged people to keep close watch of pets and small children and to keep garbage secure. State officials said the bears seen in the area were not reported to display aggressive behavior.

Get Eyewitness News Delivered

Facebook | Twitter | Newsletters | Text Alerts

Load Comments