DEEP: Woman scratched by a bear in Simsbury

SIMSBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Officials from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection confirm to News 8 that they have euthanized the female bear who scratched a woman that was walking on a trail in Simsbury Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occurred just after 2:00 p.m. in on the trails west of the baseball field at Town Forest Park. DEEP officials said the 41-year-old woman was walking on a trail with her black Labrador Retriever on a leash when she came around a corner and encountered the bear. The woman tried to shout and scare the bear off.

The woman turned away from the bear when she couldn’t scare her off, but she was scratched on the back side of her upper legs as she moved away. DEEP officials said the woman did not need any medical attention.

The bear was tracked by DEEP after the incident with help of a GPS collar that had been placed on it during a study of bears in hibernation that the agency uses to monitor and assess the health of the species.

The bear was located and shot near the area where the encounter with the woman occurred.

DEEP says the bear was euthanized to follow a policy where that is protocol when a bear exhibits aggressive behavior.

There were two six-month-old cubs with the bear. DEEP experts believe the cubs are mature enough to survive on their own.