Bear Euthanized After Confrontation In CT

Connecticut DEEP, Bear Hunting Magazine

A 200-pound female black bear that chased a dog and then tried to follow it into a West Hartford, Connecticut home this morning was tranquilized and then euthanized by state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) officers.

DEEP stated in a news release that the dog's owner was injured while trying to get the dog safely into the house. The bear entered the yard with her two yearling cubs.

The DEEP received a call around 7:30 am after a report that a bear had attempted to attack a small dog in the backyard of a home and continued to chase the dog as it ran toward the house. The woman who lives at the house stated she was trying to protect her dog from the bear and get it into her home at the time she received a puncture wound and several scratches from the bear on her lower right leg.

The sow and cubs ran from the yard and up a tree in an adjacent yard. At that point, the woman called 911 to report the incident and was later treated and released for her wounds at a local medical facility.

State wildlife biologists from the DEEP and West Hartford Police responded and located the bears. They where tranquilized and taken to DEEP's Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area where the sow was euthanized and tested for rabies. The yearlings were evaluated and deemed to be old enough to survive on their own and will be released into another area. All three bears had previously been tagged by DEEP's Wildlife Division.

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