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Police defend bear’s fatal shooting in Newton

Tranquilizer gun jammed when firing in Newton, authorities say

The fatal shooting of a black bear in Newton has inundated the state Environmental Police with a torrent of criticism that its officers did not do enough Sunday to transport the animal far from the MBTA tracks, Massachusetts Turnpike, and fitness club where the year-old male had wandered in a haphazard search for someplace to live.

“We’ve had terrible phone calls here,” Lieutenant Colonel Chris Baker of the Environmental Police said Monday.

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