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June 8, 2013

Bear attacks Conn. woman

CUMBERLAND — WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — A West Hartford woman was attacked by a bear on the morning of May 29 while trying to protect her dog.

Sharon Flannery called police at 7:30 a.m. and said a black bear and its two cubs had wandered into her yard and attempted to attack her dog, Maggie. The 200-pound female bear chased the dog as it ran toward the house, Flannery told police.

“It was definitely the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me. Before my brain even processed that it was a bear, it was in front of me,” Flannery said.

She had just put Maggie in the backyard when the wild animal tried to chase down her pet.

“Maggie came running right out of those bushes, jumped onto the fountain, and jumped down and beelined it into the house,” Flannery said.

Flannery ran to the back door, and within seconds, the bear tried to force its way inside, she said.

The homeowner said the bear was relentless, and she knew she had to do something. “I screamed and I yelled. It started poking its head in, so then I kicked it,” Flannery said.

Flannery suffered a puncture wound and several scratches to her lower leg as she kicked the bear to protect her dog.

She was able to get her dog inside and call police.

The bear and its cubs ran from Flannery’s yard and climbed a tree in a nearby yard.

The bear was euthanized and tested for rabies as a precaution, according to state officials.

The cubs were deemed old enough to survive on their own and were released into another area, officials said.

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