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.