Tuesday, September 11, 2018




Bear attacks man in garage of his Cornwall home

TOWN OF CORNWALL – A resident of Gadiri Drive off Mineral Springs Road in the Town of Cornwall was “scratched pretty good” when a bear wandered into his open detached garage Sunday night around 9:30 and took a swipe at him, Cornwall Police Chief Todd Hazard said.

The man was in the garage when he heard a growl, turned around and saw the small black bear, which took a swipe at him, and clawed him inflicting a very deep scratch, the chief said.

The man pushed the bear away and ran out of the garage and into his house. The bear eventually left.

He was treated at the scene by the Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps and transported to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital for additional treatment.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation was contacted. Both their law enforcement and wildlife divisions are following up on the incident.

Hazard said while bear attacks are extremely rare in New York, residents are reminded to remove food sources for wild animals whenever possible and if trash is stored in a garage or outbuilding, doors should be closed whenever possible.


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