Black Bear Kills and Eats Connecticut Family's Pet Donkey

A Connecticut family says a black bear killed and ate one of their beloved donkeys.

Megg and Ted Hoffman told The News-Times of Danbury that the bear visited their Kent property on at least two other occasions last month before breaking into a paddock containing four donkeys on May 21 and killing 15-year-old Radar, named after Gary Burghoff's character from the TV series "M*A*S*H." Two other donkeys were injured.

Megg Hoffman said she went to the feed the donkeys at about 8 a.m. that morning when she discovered Radar's body. His torso was full of puncture wounds and half of his hindquarters were eaten, she said. Black bear footprints were also left in the mud near pools of blood.

State environmental officials set a trap for the bear, but so far it has not been caught.

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