Police: bear bites man walking his dogs on CT trail
A man is recovering after police said he was bitten by a bear Sunday morning while walking his dogs along a trail in Simsbury.
Police said the man was walking three dogs on the Eddy Loop trail in the McLean Game Refuge around 7:30 a.m. when they encountered the bear.
“The bear happened to bite the dog. It was at that time that the gentleman attempted to intervene to help the dog and was bit in the leg by the bear,” said Sgt. Brad Chase of the Simsbury Police Department.
Chase said the man is doing okay. “He has sought medical attention already, he’s going to be just fine,” he said.
Police with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are handling the “bear aspect” of the investigation, Chase said.
Lucy, one of the man’s dogs, ran away during the encounter, and police are asking the public to be on the lookout for her.
She is described as a 50 pound Golden Retriever with a 6-foot-long pink leash attached to her collar.
Sunday’s incident is not the only one involving humans and bears in recent months. Last October, a hiker in Newtown was knocked to the ground after he encountered a bear near Lake Zoar. In April last year, Simsbury authorities killed a bear after it broke into several homes.
Anyone who comes across the dog is asked to call the Simsbury Police Department at 860-658-3100.