STRATFORD, N.Y. (AP) – Officials say a 55-year-old upstate New York man and his dog were injured by a bear in a state park in the Adirondacks before he chased the animal off with a stick.
State environmental officials say the attack was Tuesday evening in the Ferris Lake Wild Forest in the Fulton County town of Stratford.
Forest rangers say the dog was off leash when it encountered the bear. The bear attacked the dog and its owner when the man intervened to separate the animals.
Rangers say the man chased the bear off by hitting it on the nose with a stick.
The man and dog suffered bites and scratches. The injuries aren’t considered life-threatening.
State officials were unable to locate the bear and believe it has left the area.