Environmental Police defend decision to shoot bear in Newton
Sanjay Salomon for The Boston Globe
Massachusetts Environmental Police are facing a storm of criticism over their fatal shooting of a black bear in West Newton on Sunday, but the agency is defending its decision.
Asked about the shooting at a State House media availability this afternoon, Governor Deval Patrick said, “I don’t know all the details about it.”
The bear made his way up a tree early Sunday in Newton near the Massachusetts Turnpike. The bear had been shot dead by about 7:30 a.m. A spokeswoman for the Environmental Police said Sunday that “tranquilizing was too difficult to accomplish."
She said the decision to kill the bear, a male that weighed between 100 and 125 pounds, was “because of the proximity to the MBTA lines, Mass. Pike, and the urban environment and population.”Martin Finucane and Michael Levenson of the Globe staff contributed to this report.