SIMSBURY, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – A bear took a swipe at a Simsbury woman walking her dog Wednesday at Town Forest Park.

The woman suffered scratches to the back side of her upper legs, said the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The 41-year-old woman was on a trail with her black Labrador Retriever on a leash just before 2 p.m., when she came around a corner and encountered the bear, said authorities.

The woman said she shouted to try and scare the bear off, and when the bear did not move, she turned to get away from it.  At that point, she said, the bear approached her and swiped at her.  The woman refused medical treatment that was offered on the scene.

The bear was a sow who had two six-month-old cubs traveling with her, said DEEP.

Environmental Conservation Police shot and killed the bear near where the encounter occurred.

DEEP officials said the bear was euthanized in keeping with a policy of taking such action when a bear exhibits aggressive behavior. Wildlife biologists with the agency say the two cubs are mature enough to survive on their own.





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