Goat’s Owner Fends Off Bear With a Sledgehammer


Baby goats at Nonnewaug High School. Neither were involved in the bear attack on Old Sherman Hill Road on Saturday.

WOODBURY – A bear attacked a goat at a residence on Old Sherman Hill Road on Thursday night, and it was the second time in a week that the homeowner called the police about a bear attack.

While the bear did not attack the goat last week, the Woodbury Police Department said it attacked the goat on Thursday. The bear had the goat by the neck, but managed to escape after the homeowner hit the bear with a sledgehammer.

The bear eventually went back into the woods, and was not located by Woodbury Police or the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.

There have been 112 black bear sightings in Woodbury reported to the state DEEP between Dec. 9, 2016 and Oct. 18, 2017, according to the state DEEP website.

The DEEP site notes that bears are omnivorous; they eat grasses, forbs, fruits, nuts, and berries. They also will seek insects (particularly ants and bees), scavenge carrion, and raid bird feeders and garbage cans. Bears occasionally will prey on small mammals, deer, and livestock.

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