A 74-year-old woman was attacked by a black bear while walking her dog in Connecticut

Authorities in Connecticut say a woman was attacked by a black bear while walking her dog Friday morning.

A 74-year-old woman was walking along Berkshire Crossing Road in Avon when the female bear “approached her and bit her,” according to a news release from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.deep)

At a news conference, DEEP officials said they returned home after the attack and called for help CBS News.

The woman was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, DEEP said.

His injuries included minor puncture wounds, CBS News reported.

Meanwhile, the bear involved in the attack was “humanely euthanized at the scene,” DEEP said.

The department said the 12-year-old bear had three-year-old cubs that were ready to live on their own and no longer depended on her for survival. NBC affiliate WVIT And FOX affiliate WTIC-TV.

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Black bears that attack a human must be euthanized, DEEP said in a news release Friday.

“DEEP’s policy is to manage black bear populations to maximize environmental, economic and cultural benefits while providing public safety and property protection,” the department added.

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Contact and conflict between bears and humans has reportedly increased in recent years.

DEEP says it has received “several reports” of bears entering homes “this week alone.”

A bear was euthanized in Salisbury after it entered “several homes” in the city, according to a DEEP press release.

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