Windsor, Connecticut Man Arrested for Illegally Killing Black Bear at His Residence

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The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police today charged John G. Rocha, 82, of Poquonock Avenue, Windsor with illegally killing a black bear.  He was also charged with Negligent Hunting in the fourth degree.  Mr. Rocha was released on a promise to appear in Enfield Superior Court on January 17, 2012. 

The arrest took place after EnCon Police responded to a call for assistance from the Windsor Police Department that a resident had allegedly shot and killed a black bear at his residence. 
 
EnCon officers arrived at the scene, found a dead black bear and observed
another bear, that appeared to be approximately one-year old, roaming in the area.
 
The dead bear was 5-6 years old and weighed approximately 250 lbs. and was allegedly shot while it was in a tree on Rocha’s property.  The bear had apparently caused damage to Mr. Rocha’s bird feeder.  The bear was shot with a .30 caliber rifle.
 
The younger bear, approximately 110 lbs. was tranquilized by DEEP officials and relocated.