State Environmental Conservation police are investigating after two bears were found shot dead in Canton.
The first bear was found last week in the area of Canton Road near the Barkhamsted/Canton town line in a wooded area behind a house, according to State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials. It was initially believed the bear was struck by a car, but a necropsy revealed the bear was shot.
Officials say EnCon police responded to the second incident Friday, when a bear carcass was reported in a heavily wooded area off Barbourtown Road Friday evening. A necropsy revealed that that animal was also shot.
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Anyone with information should contact State EnCon police at (860) 424-3333. It is unknown if the incidents are related.
In an unrelated incident, a Canton homeowner reported she was nipped by a bear while gardening Friday.