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Woman nipped by bear in Canton

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Officials issue warning after a woman in Canton was nipped by a bear. (DEEP) Officials issue warning after a woman in Canton was nipped by a bear. (DEEP)
CANTON, CT (WFSB) -

Canton police are issuing a warning to residents after a woman who was out gardening Friday afternoon was nipped by a black bear.

Officers said the woman was in her yard on Atwater road around 3:30 p.m. Friday when the bear approached her.

The victim told police she had been tending to her garden when she looked up to see the bear.  The bear then nipped her before the woman was able to scare it off.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was notified and responded to the scene.

DEEP officials immediately began attempting to locate the bear and have set up traps for the animal.

Police and DEEP are warning homeowners in the area to be vigilant, take down bird feeders and remove outdoor attractants such as garbage cans.

The woman suffered only minor injuries, police said.

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