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911 CALL: Bear follows bicyclist while on Farmington trail

Posted August 15

— A man on a bicycle was followed by a bear while riding on the Rails to Trails path in Farmington on Monday afternoon, according to Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials.

The bear came out of the woods and followed Glenn Alkire, who was on a bicycle in the area of the trail on New Britain Avenue, near the intersection of Oak Ridge Street around 3 p.m.

"It was a complete surprise. I was completely shocked," Alkire said, adding that the bear started chasing him.

"I felt like just go. Just get on and keep peddling. Luckily he missed by tire when he made a sweep with his right paw, missed my tire and took off," he said, adding that he didn't notice any tags on the bear.

The DEEP Environmental Conservation Police were called to that area and said they "plan to put a bear trap in the area to see if they can capture this bear."

DEEP officials said there has been "no previous reports of bear activity in this area." DEEP also mentioned that it could have been a mama bear protecting her cubs, but black bears aren't usually aggressive.


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