Video of the bear, which was taken by the hiker, showed tags on its ears that had been placed by DEEP staff.
Officials said the bear also circled the woman when she stopped walking and at one point “it appears that its mouth made contact with the hiker’s leg.” The hiker was not injured.
DEEP records show the bear was first tagged as a yearling in its winter den, and was captured and relocated at least one other time.
“This male bear had a history of aggressive behavior toward humans. It was captured, tranquilized and relocated from the perimeter fence at Bradley International Airport in June of this year. Later that month, it attempted to follow a woman into a building in Windsor. In July, it was suspected of entering a home in Granby,” DEEP officials said in a press release.
Also, while officials were searching for the bear involved in Friday’s incident, a second bear was euthanized at Sessions Woods shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
DEEP officials said this happened after they were notified about a bear that was in the area where the hiker was last Friday.
Officials said that female bear was traveling with a larger bear that was about the same size as the male bear being sought and exhibited similar behavior.
“It charged one of the two DEEP Wildlife Division staff people that were on the scene,” officials said in the release.
Because of the “unusually high bear activity in the area,” officials said Sessions Woods will remain closed until further notice.
For more on the bears in Connecticut and what to do if one is encountered, head to DEEP's website here.
In a statement earlier this week, DEEP said "There are occasions, like this one, however, when stronger action must be taken to protect the safety of the public. While we appreciate your concerns, imagine the public outcry that would develop if no effort was made to locate and euthanize this bear and in another future encounter it actually harms someone."
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