On Sunday, a 250-pound black bear attacked a 10-year-old boy in Morris, Connecticut, and nearly dragged him away before the boy’s grandparents and a neighbor intervened.
At around 11 a.m. EST, the boy was playing in his grandparents’ backyard by a trampoline when the bear appeared from the woods and attacked him.
The boy’s grandfather, James Butler, described the events.
“I heard him yell ‘bear’ and when I looked up, I saw his leg in the bear’s mouth and the bear trying to drag him across the lawn,” Butler stated.
Butler said he wheeled his wheelchair toward the bear and heaved a metal bar at the bear’s head. After initially releasing the boy, Butler recounted that the bear tried to flip the boy onto his back with his claws.
Butler’s neighbor, who heard the boy’s screams, ran over with a pipe and scared away the bear long enough for them to get inside the house. The bear then stalked up to Butler’s screen door and stared at them.
“We thought he was coming through the screen,” said Butler. “No doubt he was a big threat.”
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Officers from the state police and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s conservation force arrived soon after that and fatally shot the bear.
The boy was taken to the hospital. According to his grandmother, Christina Anderson, the boy suffered a puncture wound in the thigh, bite marks on his foot and ankle, and claw marks on his back.
Jenny Dickson with the Connecticut Deep Wildlife Division confirmed that the bear was an adult male.
As the bear population continues to grow, experts say they will grow acclimated to humans and seek out their food. This behavior will lead to more negative bear-human interactions.
This weekend in Cody, Wyoming, a grizzly bear attacked two college wrestlers while they were hunting in the woods. As the bear mauled one of the men, the other man, Kendall Cummings, jumped on the bear’s back to try to save his friend.
“I grabbed and yanked him hard by the ear,” Cummings said. “I could hear when his teeth would hit my skull, I could feel when he’d bite down on my bones and they’d kind of crunch.”
Both men had to undergo multiple surgeries, but they ultimately survived.