Man Attacked By Bear While Walking Dogs in Simsbury; Missing Golden Retriever Found Safe

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A man who was walking three dogs on a trail in Simsbury was attacked by a black bear Sunday morning.

The incident happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. in the McLean Game Refuge off Firetown Road, police said.

Police said the attack happened about 20 minutes into the Eddy Loop Trail.

The man was walking three dogs on the trail when a bear came out and bit one of the dogs, according to Sergeant Brad Chase. The man tried to intervene and help the dog when he himself was bitten in the leg.

The man sought medical attention and is doing fine, police said.

The police department said they are working with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection who is handling the bear aspect of the incident.

One of the three, Lucy, a golden retriever who weighs about 50 pounds ran away when the incident happened. Simsbury police announced Monday morning that Lucy was found safe at the McClean Game Refuge.

People, from police to community members, rushed to the trail near the Granby town line.

“They’ve come out. They’ve offered to help. They’ve gone in to look. They’ve driven around.," Ileana Ghamo of West Hartford said.

“The number one thing people should do when their dog goes missing is get posters up," Karen Moulton of Avon said.

Moulton with Farmington Valley Pet Recovery did just that. She encourages people not to chase lost dogs.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 860-658-3100.

Police are reminding anyone who is camping, hiking or walking with their dog to refer to and search black bear for safety precautions.

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