DEEP is warning swimmers and boaters to avoid the Quinebaug River after a beaver attack. (WFSB)
POMFRET,CT (WFSB) -
Two people were attacked by a beaver near the Pomfret/Killingly town line on Monday evening.
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is warning swimmers and boaters to avoid the Quinebaug River in the vicinity of the Route 101 bridge.
A 20-year-old man and 19-year-old woman, both from Danielson, were swimming in the Quinebaug River around 7 p.m. when they were bitten by a beaver, DEEP officials.
The man and woman received stitches at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, DEEP officials. They also have to go through a series of rabies shots as a precaution.
EnCon Police searched the area and located a beaver "exhibiting aggressive behavior" near the Route 101 bridge. However, the EnCon Police were unable to capture the animal.
"We did see an animal in the area where this took place and it was looking aggressive to our officers so all the more reason for people to stay out of the water, even people in small water crafts like a kayak or canoe," said Dennis Schain, of DEEP.
DEEP officials said they do not believe the beaver is making a home near the Route 101 bridge. But, they did spot a beaver dam and other beavers in the bank of the Quinebaug River just south the attack.
"There have been fairly rare reports of beavers being aggressive toward people, also beavers can be infected So we don't see that a lot but it does happen. So we don't know here if it's a healthy beaver being aggressive or an infected beaver with rabies acting out," Schain said.
The victims provided photos of their injuries to Eyewitness News. To see those photos, click here. WARNING: The photos are graphic.
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