MORRIS, Conn. (WTNH) – A black bear that attacked a 10-year-old boy has been euthanized, Connecticut wildlife officials confirmed Sunday.
The attack happened around 11 a.m. in the city of Morris, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Details of the attack have not been released, but according to a spokesman, the boy was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The bear was found and euthanized by DEEP Environmental Conservation and Connecticut State Police.
This is not the first bear euthanized in Connecticut this year.
In June, a a bear deemed a “threat to public safety” was euthanized after a home burglary in Canton.
The homeowner told wildlife officials they tried to scare the bear away, but the animal tried to break through the window. It then fled, only to return to the area a few hours later.
The bear then ransacked the kitchen of a house and was found with the provisions he had taken. Because it showed no signs of fear or caution from humans, officials euthanized the bear. They then found four young cubs nearby.
The bear population has was on the rise across Connecticut, officials said earlier this year. Five years ago, the population was around 600 to 800 bears. It is now estimated to be about 1,200.
Officials warn against feeding bears, and if you encounter one in the wild, you should make your presence known by yelling and waving your arms or walking away.