Bear #211 regularly visited backyards in Easton and Fairfield and even had a public Facebook page. Until yesterday, that is, when the Easton Police Department received a call July 26 at 6:19 p.m. about a black bear that was struck by a motor vehicle on Route 136 west of Wilson Road.
Officers responded and found a black bear that was suffering from serious injuries and had to be put down, according to Police Chief Richard Doyle. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was notified and removed the bear.
The striking vehicle left the scene before the officers arrived, Doyle said. The bear weighed approximately 125 pounds and bore CT DEEP Tags #211.
The bear’s Facebook page, Bear 211, now contains information about the bear’s untimely demise. Black bears living in residential areas are common in Easton and throughout Connecticut. The DEEP provides information about “Living with Black Bears.” It contains a webinar and dos and don’ts for health and safety.
Bear #211 is gone but not forgotten.