- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

GRANBY, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut environmental officials have killed a bear that chased two runners at a game refuge in Granby.

The Humane Society criticized the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for acting too quickly to kill when other means are available.

Wildlife experts trapped the bear believed to have chased the runners on Monday. The bear was killed and his body taken to the University of Connecticut to determine if it had rabies, which is rare for a bear.

Annie Hornish, senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States, said Tuesday the wrong bear may have been killed and that rubber bullets could have instead been used to repel it.

Spokesman Dennis Schain said the environmental agency nurtures wildlife and killed the bear because the circumstances were unusual.

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