10-Year-Old Boy In Connecticut Mauled By Black Bear In Grandparent’s Backyard

A 10-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after being attacked and mauled by a 250-pound black bear in his grandparent’s backyard. The horrific scene unfolded Sunday morning in Morris, Connecticut.

Witnesses say the child was playing near a trampoline when the bear came out of a heavily wooded area and attacked him.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said the child’s grandfather and a neighbor were able to scare the attacking animal away. James Butler, who was in a wheelchair, told authorities he heard the boy yell “bear” and then saw his leg in the animal’s mouth.

Butler said the bear tried to drag his grandson across the lawn. He recounted hitting the bear on the head with a metal bar and seeing it drop the boy, but then the bear attacked again.

A neighbor heard the commotion and was able then to help scare the animal away by yelling and waving a pipe.

But after Butler and his grandson were able to retreat into the house, the bear returned. The pair said the animal walked right up the wheelchair ramp and looked into the house at them.

Butler said later that “we thought he was coming in through the screen…no doubt he was a big threat.”

Officers responded from the state police and DEEP, and a trooper scared the bear off by rattling the screen door. A conservation officer later tracked down the bear and euthanized it.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for what were described as non-life-threatening injuries after being bitten and clawed. The grandparents said the child suffered a puncture wound to one leg, was bitten on a foot and ankle, and had claw marks on his back.

Authorities with the Connecticut Deep Wildlife Division later confirmed that the attacking animal was an adult male black bear. The region is experiencing an increasing bear population, and experts predict more dangerous situations as people and homes encroach on their habitat.