Black Bear Attacks In Tennessee And Connecticut

BY Herschel Smith
3 weeks, 6 days ago

Tennessee.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is investigating after a man was reportedly attacked by a bear on an island on South Holston Lake.

TWRA spokesperson Matthew Cameron told News Channel 11 on Tuesday that officers were investigating after a man reported being dragged from a hammock while camping on the island.

TWRA reports that victim Matt Marvin was camping at an “undeveloped campsite” across from the 421 Access Area.

Marvin was asleep in a hammock early Sunday morning when he woke up to a bear biting his foot.

Marvin told investigators he defended himself by shooting at the bear.

Later Sunday evening, TWRA says that Marvin reported the incident to Washington County, Virginia 911 and told TWRA about the encounter on Monday.

TWRA reports that Marvin gave them a photo of the injury, which showed “a small wound to the heel of his foot.”

A dead or injured bear was not found at the campsite, nor did investigators find any sign of one.

TWRA reports human food was left behind at the campsite, and a warning of bear activity has been left in the area.

Connecticut.

A man who was walking three dogs on a trail in Simsbury was attacked by a black bear Sunday morning.

The incident happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. in the McLean Game Refuge off Firetown Road, police said.

Police said the attack happened about 20 minutes into the Eddy Loop Trail.

The man was walking three dogs on the trail when a bear came out and bit one of the dogs, according to Sergeant Brad Chase. The man tried to intervene and help the dog when he himself was bitten in the leg.

The man sought medical attention and is doing fine, police said.

The police department said they are working with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection who is handling the bear aspect of the incident.

One of the three, Lucy, a golden retriever who weighs about 50 pounds ran away when the incident happened. Simsbury police announced Monday morning that Lucy was found safe at the McClean Game Refuge.

At least the Tennessee camper had a pistol.  I don’t even think that’s allowed in Connecticut.  The first article recommends cooking far away from your camp site.  That’s hard in most instances, but it’s a good practice to elevate food in a tree, and camp with a dog, or multiple dogs.


Comments

  1. On July 7, 2020 at 11:14 pm, Bad_Brad said:

    BLACK RUGS MATTER

  2. On July 8, 2020 at 1:59 am, penses said:

    Connecticut. Airhorns. Sometimes referred to as signal horns. They are used primarily byter craft owners. Can be very effective against wildlife. A few years back they were promoted as an urban survival tool. Biggest drawback, just like a gun, when used without protection it can cause hearing loss. NOT A TOY.

    Can be pruchased in a 1.5oz container about the size of a pepperspray bottle and will fit in your pocket. Best senario, move to a state where you can carry. If your are a libtard, don’t leave, stay where your are.

    Tennessee. I’d like to ask the man if he didn’t think bears could swim. Moats only work in movies and fairy tales.

  3. On July 8, 2020 at 7:42 am, Name (required) said:

    Dogs will go out, find bears, and get the bears to chase them back to you.

  4. On July 8, 2020 at 9:41 am, Bill Sullivan said:

    Back when we lived in Connecticut, we went for a walk in the McLean Game Refuge. The place is noted for bear activity. Despite laws, rules, and regulations, I would carry a concealed pistol. Neither of us can outrun a hot dog.

  5. On July 8, 2020 at 9:54 am, Fred said:

    @Name, can you qualify that statement, evidences or examples?

    Bears know a domestic from a feral and know that a domestic comes with humans attached. I doubt your statement but am interested…

  6. On July 8, 2020 at 10:11 am, Herschel Smith said:

    Everywhere I know, in every instance I know of, a bear runs from a dog, or pack of dogs. All of the time, without exception. A bear might attack a dog because it fears for its cubs, but it will run from a dog or pack of dogs. At least a black bear will. So will cats, regardless of how big. That’s why hunts are still conducted with dogs for both black bear (in NC) and mountain lions (out West).

  7. On July 8, 2020 at 8:18 pm, TC said:

    We’d never camp without one of these:
    https://www.amazon.com/Selkirk-Design-Ultralight-Hanging-System/dp/B07P5TW74Q

    bears? no problem usually.

    Cougars? ‘nother story.

    Arm up.

  8. On July 8, 2020 at 10:12 pm, TheAlaskan said:

    We never camp without one of these…

    https://images.gunsinternational.com/listings_sub/acc_70986/gi_100837423/1993-Ruger-Redhawk-44-Magnum-Revolver_100837423_70986_7CD10E9DE46CBEAD.JPG

  9. On July 8, 2020 at 10:21 pm, TheAlaskan said:

    ….and one of these…

    https://www.gunsweek.com/sites/default/files/styles/content_lg/public/archive/contents/shotguns/news/remington-870-dm-pump-action-shotgun/Remington-870-DM-18in-IC-RS-PG.jpg?itok=VokMLTNf

    Bear tools are bush tools. Handy.

  10. On July 8, 2020 at 11:16 pm, penses said:

    According to bearhunting.org bear spray is a must when hunting bear areas, saying it is more effective and has saved more lives than guns alone.

    In one case even when the propellant failed to function properly due to the owners lack of common sense God stepped in and took care of things.

    A woman was mountain biking outside of Dawson City, Yukon five yrs ago when a black bear approached her and wandered back and forth along the road until it was about 20 meters away. She stood her ground and made noises to scare it off, but the bear wasn’t fazed. “As soon as I took a step backwards, it turned and looked at me as if there were little targets in his eye.” The bear came closer and stood on its hind legs. At that point, the bear was about two metres away. She grabbed the bear spray from the bicycle’s water bottle holder, flicked off the safety, pressed the lever and the aerosol failed to fully atomise the contents with most of the capsaicin oozing out. Enough of the contents were then carried by the wind in the direction of the bear and it ran off. If it had been a grizzly or brown bear….Lucky woman.

    She packed expired bear spray when she was in the back country not believing that it wouldn’t work, and was reluctant to buy a new can.

    “It’s a fairly expensive item,” she said, “and it’s one of those things that is low probability, high consequence.” Versus how much your life is worth….

  11. On July 9, 2020 at 8:34 am, Fred said:

    “bear approached her and wandered back and forth along the road until it was about 20 meters away”

    *sigh* The bear didn’t “wander” anywhere. This is classic I own/claim it behavior.

    If a bear claims the trail, draw your gun while backing away and leave. And it’s a bicycle, there are several in every garage. Don’t clamor with the stupid bike, leave. If the bear had wanted her dead she would have died that day. The bear gave ample warning and simply wanted the road.

    And blacks attack more people than browns, but this might simply be due to total demographics, and people in griz country know about bears.

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