Investigators with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said John G. Rocha, 82, of Windsor, is accused of shooting the 5- to 6-year-old bear, estimated at 250 pounds, with a .30-caliber rifle.
Police were called to Rocha's neighborhood after receiving reports of a bear and cub sighting.
The Energy and Environmental Protection investigators tranquilized a 110-pound cub they found nearby and transported it to a wildlife area.
Police said Rocha was released and is to appear in court Jan. 17.
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