- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - A bicyclist got a surprising companion while riding along a Connecticut rail trail.

A spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says a bear came out the woods in Farmington on Monday afternoon and followed the cyclist for a short distance before breaking off.

The bear did not make any physical contact with the man.

The cyclist, whose name was not made public, called police, who reported the incident to wildlife officials.

There have been no previous reports of bears in the area just west of Hartford.

The state plans to deploy a trap in the area to try and capture the bear.


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