Man attacked by bear while walking dogs in Simsbury – NBC Connecticut


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

The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. at the McLean Game Refuge near Firetown Road, police said.

Police said the attack took place about 20 minutes after Eddy Loop’s turn.

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

The man consulted a doctor and is doing well, police said.

The police said they were working with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which is handling the bear aspect of the incident.

One of the three dogs fled when the incident occurred and she is still missing. Lucy, a golden retriever who weighs about 50 pounds, was last seen wearing a 6-foot pink leash attached to her collar, police said.

People, from the police to community members, rushed to the trail near the city limit of Granby.

“They went out. They offered to help. They came in to watch. They drove. “Said Ileana Ghamo of West Hartford.

“The first thing people should do when their dogs go missing is to put up posters,” said Karen Moulton of Avon.

This is precisely what Moulton and Farmington Valley Pet Recovery have done. She encourages people not to hunt lost dogs and the police urge people who spot Lucy to call the authorities.

“We just hope for the best. I think it will happen. Just a matter of time, ”said Moulton.

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

Police remind anyone who is camping, hiking, or walking with their dog to refer to and look for the black bear for safety measures.


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