Don't Euthanize a Curious Bear Cub! #SpareTheBear

  • by: Katherine C.
  • recipient: Dan Malloy, Governor; Rob Klee, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Yesterday, a woman was walking through a 700 acre preserve called Sessions Woods in Burlington, CT.  video here

Upon the main trail she encountered two 1 1/2 year old bear cubs. The cubs were clearly curious and skittish. When the cubs began to feel uncomfortable they would run and hug a tree. In the video the woman is talking to the bears in a quiet calm voice - unfortunately, the opposite of what she should be doing.

A local news station reported that the bear cub showed "bold" behavior and now the State of Connecticut will put the bear down. Please help keep this cub out of the DEEP's crosshairs. It was clearly the human that was invading the bear's space. When one encounters a bear you should slowly walk away, not approach it for pictures and videos. 

Connecticut should be actively educating hikers in these areas about how to respond to bears - Not killing bears for being curious!

Tell the Governor and the DEEP: SPARE THE BEAR!

Please spare this bear. YOUR COMMENT HERE. The state of Connecticut should be doing more to educate hikers about the proper response to seeing a bear - especially out in a forest preserve area. Relocate the bear if you must, but even the hiker that was investigated by the bear agrees - please spare the bear.

Update #45 years ago
IMPORTANT! DEEP is collecting public comments to build a case against their bear hunting agenda. Comments will be reviewed on Jan. 8. Please send your comments to
And to your state reps:
Feel free to message me thru Care2 and I will send you a list of talking points. Care2 updates only allows a 500 character limit and I cannot include more info here.
Thank You!
Update #36 years ago
With a heavy heart I am updating this petition. On September 2nd the DEEP chose not to listen to our voices and instead shot and killed not only the young cub we were trying to save, but an additional bear that was traveling with him. To make a change in Connecticut I need your help. I and other petitioners have connected and are planning an event to bring change for our black bears. I will send details in my next update.
This isn't over yet...
Update #26 years ago
Not yet trapped, DEEP still plans to kill the young bear.
DEEP drafted a response for the public saying that the bear exhibited “bold and aggressive behavior”. We respectfully disagree, the bear’s behavior is that of an overly habituated bear exhibiting investigative behavior. The bear breathed moist air to lift scent off the hiker’s leg.
Governor Malloy can be reached at: Governor’s Office: (860) 566-4840
Ask him to contact Cmsr Klee with the above time-sensitive request.
Update #16 years ago
I have just sent the signatures and comments to the commissioner of the DEEP. So far we have over 846 signatures and it is still growing. Thank you, each and every one of you, for signing. I have never written a petition before and I am amazed by the compassion. I didn't know there were so many good people out there. I will continue to send updates. I believe time is of the essence for the cub. Let's see what we get for a response...
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