A black bear attacked a homeowner and his dog in Litchfield, Connecticut.
Officials stated that the dog noticed the bear while looking over a bird feeder on a porch and chased it last Saturday, July 1, in the western Connecticut town of Litchfield.
The black bear attacked the dog and bit the 65-year-old Connecticut man on the hand when he tried to intervene.
Both were recovering Monday, July 3.
The homeowner was treated at a hospital, while the dog was cured at a veterinary hospital.
However, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection did not have an update on the dog's situation.
Back in April, a 74-year-old woman was also attacked by a bear.
The bear bit on her arms and legs while she was walking her dog in Avon, a Hartford suburb.
Two incidents were also recorded last year, including one in October when a 10-year-old boy was attacked in a backyard.
According to the Environmental Department's statistics, there were 67 reports of bears entering Connecticut Homes in 2022, which is a new record, smashing the previous record of 45 in 2020.
Just this spring, the state General Assembly approved laws that make it acceptable to kill a bear if the person feels endangered by it or is defending a family member, a pet, or themselves.
The state environmental department advised the locals to be cautious in holding events or parties outside during the July 4 Holiday and to take their bird feeders down.
“Birdfeeders, along with trashcans, are one of the leading causes of bear conflicts and damage reports,” the department said in a statement.