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Goat dies after bear attack in Ellington

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DEEP officials are investigating a goat attack by a bear. (DEEP) DEEP officials are investigating a goat attack by a bear. (DEEP)
ELLINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A goat had to be put down on Tuesday after it was attacked by a bear in Ellington Monday night.

The goat's family said the bear went into the goat’s pen, located at 28 Buff Cap Rd., around 9:30 p.m., and snagged the goat.

Official from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the goat “sustained wounds to the neck.”

The owners of the animal, Sarah and John Smith, were able to drive the bear away before DEEP officials arrived at the home. But the family said when they tended to the goat, the bear sat and watched them.

"The bear was watching the whole time, thankfully it didn't make any moves," Sarah Smith said.

Veterinarian Scott Morey said this came as a surprise to him as well.

"It's very uncommon. I've not heard of this happening this before...I don't know if this was an opportunity thing," Morey said.

The family had to put their pet down, and DEEP officials said they set up a trap for the bear on Tuesday. 

Officials originally reported that the farm was in Tolland, but later confirmed it's on the town line and actually located in Ellington.

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