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Hiker Injured by Black Bear in Southbury

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    Man Recovering After Incident With Bear in Southbury

    A New own man said a bear knocked him to the ground while he was walking on wooded trails in Southbury over the weekend.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 30, 2019)

    Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials are investigating after a hiker was injured by a black bear in the woods on Saturday.

    EnCon police were called near Lake Zoar in Southbury after getting a report of an incident with a black bear.

    Authorities said a man encountered a black bear while hiking in the woods and was knocked down by it. The man was able to safely getaway from the bear, which fled into the woods.

    The 38-year-old Newtown man was taken to Danbury Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, experts said.

    Hiker Hurt by Black Bear in Southbury: DEEP

    [HAR] Hiker Hurt by Black Bear in Southbury: DEEP

    Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials are investigating after a hiker was injured by a black bear in the woods on Saturday.

    (Published Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019)

    According to DEEP officials, EnCon Police conducted a search and could not find the bear. Wildlife biologists have set a trap in the area and are monitoring it.

    If you observe a black bear from a distance, DEEP suggests you advertise your presence with noise or movement and walk away slowly. Never attempt to feed or attract black bears. It is exceptionally rare for a bear to attack once they have sensed a human.

    Bears are typically attracted to garbage, pet food, compost piles, fruit trees and birdfeeders, according to DEEP. For a list of do's and don't on what to do when you encounter a bear, click here.

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