BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Patty Broughal says a bear is terrorizing her animals in her backyard. Last week she came home one afternoon to find the bear inside her barn and her pet goat Layna laying on the ground.
“What he had done was grab her by the spine I guess and drag her in there,” said Broughal.
One week later Layna still has marks on her back from where the bear bit her. Patty said she called 911 and Branford Police said they weren’t equipped to deal with a bear. Officers referred the call to DEEP and they arrived at the home 30 minutes later. By then Broughal says the bear had left.
“He left the area, climbed the tree. I called 911. He actually climbed back in to go back to the goat and I went back to the car and I started beeping the horn and it was just enough to make the bear uncomfortable but he was never scared,” said Broughal.
Brougal thinks the bear that is targeting her property is the same bear News 8 reported on on Wednesday. Another homeowner in Branford says a bear has been wreaking havoc on his property and even broke into his home. Patty’s house is just half a mile away from that location.
“This bear is very aggressive. He’s already tried to get into somebody’s house. He’s attacked animals. He’s killed animals,” said Broughal.
Patty says she has seen the bear in her yard twice but believes he’s been there more than that. She says the bear has knocked down fences and two of her chickens have gone missing.
Today was Layna’s first day venturing out of the pen and back into the yard. Patty says the goat is limping and seems more reserved. Patty hopes DEEP will see what happened to Layna and make a better effort to catch the bear.
DEEP released the following statement earlier today:
“We’re engaged in the situation and doing everything we can to address it. Residents need to do their part to eliminate food sources from their yard.”