The Right to Arm Bears: Unusual Cameras and the Fourth Amendment
by Matthew Tokson
A lawsuit recently filed in federal court alleges that Connecticut environmental enforcement officers strapped a camera around the neck of a bear who was known to frequent the plaintiffs’ property. The officers hoped to obtain evidence that the property owners, Mark and Carol Brault, were violating a local law against feeding wild bears. The camera-wearing bear traveled to within 200 yards of the Braults' residence, transmitting images of their property to the officers. The Braults assert that this violated their Fourth Amendment rights.