Five animal advocacy groups have teamed up to create the Connecticut Coalition to Protect Bears, aimed at using educational outreach and legislative advocacy to help people and the state’s native black bears co-exist.

The groups — Humane Society of the United States, Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, Friends of Animals, CT Votes for Animals and Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitators Association — say they created the coalition because of what they deem is misleading information about black bears, including that the population needs to be managed with a hunt. and not non-lethal means.

Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals, said in a statement that, “the truth is, black bears aren’t breaking down doors to harm you, your children or your pets like some scene out of a horror movie.”

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