Black Bear Shot And Killed In Burlington, Man Arrested

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Cory Maitz accused of shooting bear after it enters his garage, then goes in his back yard. Neighbors nearby see bear enter their yard, lay down, and die.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers from D.E.E.P.’s Environmental Conservation Police  responded to 4 Cobblestone Road in Burlington to investigate the report of a possible shooting of a Black Bear.

The resident from that address contacted the Connecticut State Police reporting that they heard two gunshots then saw a black bear come into their yard and lay down,  Upon arrival, EnCon officers found the black bear, a male weighing approximately 460 pounds, was dead and had been shot.

A black bear was shot and killed in Burlington, CT Tuesday morning. Cory Maitz was arrested and charged with the killing. Credit DEEP

The investigation lead to the arrest of Cory J Maitz,  42, of 6 Cobblestone Road,  Burlington, on charges of Illegally Killing a Black Bear, a misdemeanor and Criminal Possession of a Pistol, a Class D felony.

Maitz allegedly shot the Black Bear with a pistol after it he had seen it enter his garage then go into his back yard.

The bear and firearm were seized as evidence and are being held pending court action. Maitz was released on a promise to appear at Bristol Superior Court (GA 17) on June 04, 2012.

The DEEP provides the following advice if you see a bear:

  • Enjoy it from a distance.
  • Advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms or walk slowly away.
  • Never attempt to feed or attract bears.
  • Report bear sightings to the Wildlife Division, at (860) 675-8130.

State DEEP officials say black bear sightings continue to increase in Connecticut:

As Connecticut’s bear population continues to increase, more bears, particularly young bears, will be seen near residential areas. The DEP’s response will depend on the specifics of each bear situation. The mere presence of a bear does not necessitate its removal. In most cases, if left alone, the bear will make its way to a more natural habitat. Removing food attractants, such as bird feeders, reduces the chance that bears will go near homes.

In the past year, eight black bears have been reported in Madison, five in Killingworth, and six in Guilford. For a complete list of black bear sightings over the past year, see this Reports of Black Bear Activity in Connecticut May 17, 2011 to May 15, 2012.

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PD: Stafford Springs man pulled horse tied to truck

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Connecticut State Police have launched an investigation after neighbors in Stafford Springs complained a man pulled his horse behind his pickup truck with a rope.

Culver Modisette, the 86-year-old horse owner, told Channel 3 he’s “not very familiar” with Annie his pure bred Arabian horse and meant no harm.

Irate neighbors said the horse could have died, but Modisette said the animal is currently in fine health.

Modisette said the horse got loose early Sunday morning, venturing to a neighbor’s house next door in hopes of mating with the male horses there, he said.

“What else was I going to do?” asked Modisette. “I’ve got to bring her down, I can’t leave her up there.”

Modisette used a nylon strap to attach the horse to the back of his pickup truck.

“I was just trying to get her down in her stable for her breakfast and apples and so forth,” Modisette said. “No malicious intent.”

Helen Kelley, who said she saw Modisette tie the horse to the bumper of the truck, worried for the animal’s safety. She snapped several photographs appearing to show the horse stumbling and then falling to its side on the ground.

“I started screaming to him, ‘Stop, you’re killing your horse, cut the rope!'” she said.

Modisette did, and said he was able to walk the animal to her stable without further incident.

“I regret that I put her on the back of the truck, that was a mistake, but what else was I going to do?” Modisette said. “She just about threw me across the woods when I tried to walk her down.”

Horse goes down

But Kelley and her husband fear it could have been much worse.

“Really, he could’ve broken her neck,” she said. “It was a sad thing to watch.”

Both State Police and the Stafford Springs animal control officers are now investigating.

State Police Lt. Paul Vance said Modisette simply secured the mare in heat to lead her back to the stable. A vet examined the horse and found only minor skin wounds. Vance said police have not received a complaint against Modisette in the past.

The woman who gave the Modisettes the horse admits it was a bad mistake but she insists the couple loves the horse. She questioned why people didn’t stop to help Modisette instead of snapping pictures.

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