State officials said the decision to capture and rehabilitate two black bear cubs in Newtown was made because of posts on social media encouraging people to feed the bears, potentially putting the animals in jeopardy. The two cubs were left orphaned after their mother, a well-known bear affectionately called \u201cBobbi\u201d by local residents, was shot and killed by an off-duty Ridgefield police officer. \u201cWe were seeing a lot of posts encouraging people to try and feed the cubs and try and do other things that were well-intended but would have put them in a tough position,\u201d said Jenny Dickson, director of the Wildlife Division at the Department of Energy and Environmental protection. The agency had initially said the cubs would be left to forage on their own following their mother\u2019s death, in the hopes that they wouldn\u2019t need human intervention. But Dickson said Tuesday officials became concerned by social media posts that \u201cthe cubs were going to be put in jeopardy.\u201d \u201cSo it became much more important for us to make sure that they were safe,\u201d Dickson said during a news conference at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington that morning. The bear cubs\u2019 mother, also known by the number 217 ear tag, was killed May 12 in an incident involving an off-duty Ridgefield police officer. Authorities have not released the name of the officer. State law prohibits trapping or killing bears except in instances of self-defense. Exact details on how the cubs\u2019 mother was shot are still unclear. Col. Chris Lewis, the commanding officer of DEEP\u2019s Environmental Conservation police force, declined to release the officer\u2019s name on Tuesday, but confirmed the shooting did take place on private property. He said he could not confirm if the officer was the shooter, or whether the incident took place on the officer\u2019s property. \u201cOnce we complete our investigation, we will bring that forth,\u201d Lewis said. DEEP Deputy Commissioner Mason Trumble used the incident to highlight the dangers of feeding bears in stark terms. \u201cWe see some concerning trends on social media where post photos of bears in their garbage or eating out of their bird feeders, and that\u2019s not cute,\u201d Trumble said. \u201cThat\u2019s dangerous for the bears. And so if you are either intentionally or unintentionally allowing bears to eat human food, or human-sourced bears, you are harming those bears.\u201d Dickson explained that when bears have access to human food, they become \u201chabituated\u201d to humans, and lose their fear of people. \u201cThat becomes very very dangerous for them, it\u2019s also dangerous for the public,\u201d Dickson said. She said people should remove their bird feeders this time of year because birds have access to plenty of food, as do bears. On Monday, DEEP officials said the two cubs had been \u201csafely\u201d captured. One was tranquilized after it came down out of a tree. The second was also later tranquilized and captured, the agency reported. James Fowler, senior adviser on outreach and engagement at DEEP, said Monday the agency continues to investigate the shooting and is working with \u201ca number of different groups across the state to compile a report.\u201d Fowler said the investigation would be made public after it is completed. Dickson said the two bear cubs will be reintroduced to the wild around eight months of age, meaning sometime in the late summer to early fall. The two cubs are currently about four and a half months old. The cubs are both in good health. \u201cThey\u2019re awake this morning and a little bit feisty,\u201d she said. Both will be placed with a licensed wildlife rehabilitator after final arrangements are made. Dickson said the wildlife rehabilitator will try to minimize human interaction with the cubs, give them lots of exercise to grow their muscles and provide them with food. But teaching them to forage for their own food is also part of the process, she said. \u201cIt\u2019s a complicated process, that\u2019s why their aren\u2019t a lot of people who do it,\u201d Dickson said. Neither has been given a name. \u201cWild animals are not pets, and when we start to make that connection that we would with our dog or our cat, that\u2019s when we start to do things that are not in their best interest,\u201d Dickson said. Previous reporting by Staff Writer Liz Hardaway contributed to this report.