A bear attacks a person in Morris
DEEP said the bear was euthanized.
MORRIS, Connecticut – A bear attacked a 10-year-old boy, leaving him with non-life-threatening injuries in the town of Morrisand state authorities are investigating.
The attack was confirmed by state police at Litchfield Barracks.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the attack took place around 11 a.m. Sunday and the bear was euthanized.
The boy, according to DEEP, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The boy was taken by ambulance to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Morris is located north of Bethlehem and south of Litchfield.
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Bear sightings have increased in the state in recent decades. The DEEP followed the increase bear population since 1980.
In the wild, bears generally avoid people. But food attractants near homes can cause them to become habituated to humans and disturbances, such as dogs and other noises. Bears are attracted to bird feeders, garbage, outdoor pet food, compost piles, fruit trees and berry bushes.
To avoid attracting bears:
- Never feed bears. Bears that associate food with humans can become bold, aggressive, and dangerous. This can lead to personal injury, property damage, and the need to euthanize problem animals.
- Remove bird feeders from late March through November. If a bear visits a bird feeder in the winter, remove the feeder.
- Wait until the morning of the collection before taking out the garbage. Add a few capfuls of ammonia to trash bags and trash cans to mask food odors. Keep trash bags in a container with a tight-fitting lid and store them in a garage or shed.
- Do not leave pet food out overnight. Store livestock feed in airtight containers.
- Don’t put smelly meats or fruit peels in compost heaps. Lime can be sprinkled over the compost pile to reduce odor and discourage bears.
- Clean the grates thoroughly after use or store them in a garage or shed.
- Encourage your neighbors to take similar precautions.
If you see a bear on your property, you can either leave it alone and wait for it to leave, or make loud noises from a safe distance in an attempt to scare it away. Once the bear has left the property, remove anything that might have attracted it to the area.
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