- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) - A bear that scratched a woman in Simsbury has been captured and euthanized.

State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials say they found the animal, which was wearing a GPS collar, after tracking it from Town Forest Park Wednesday afternoon.

Officers say the woman was walking her black Labrador Retriever near a baseball field in the park when she came upon the bear.

Officials say the bear took a swipe at her, ripping her clothes and causing minor scratches to her legs before it ran away. The woman did not require any medical attention.

The DEEP says it is standard policy to put down bears that are aggressive toward humans. The bear had two cubs, which were determined to be mature enough to survive on their own.

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