• Dead bear found in Killington yard
     | August 06,2014

    KILLINGTON The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is investigating the death of a bear found outside a Killington home.

    Wade Collins, who lives on Anthony Way, said he found the animal Sunday morning after looking for the source of a foul smell in his backyard.

    I found a big black bear dead in my yard, he said Tuesday. Its too bad. We like to see them alive.

    Collins said he contacted Fish & Wildlife, which sent a warden to check the scene.

    Collins said the bear might have made it to his backyard after being shot nearby. Its not unusual for bears to be rummaging through trash cans in the area, he said.

    Its just part of living in this area, Collins said. Secure your trash can lids and youll be fine.

    Nicole Kesselring, a former Killington resident, said its sad that a bear died for getting into someones garbage. But she also said the shooting posed a major safety concern because of the surrounding homes.

    Its a residential area; if the bear was shot, someone could have been hurt, she said.

    Game Warden Timothy Carey said he visited the location where the bear was found, but not much information is available yet.

    At this point we cant confirm anything other than a dead bear being found in that neighborhood, he said. Were just now starting to look into it.

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