Connecticut: Grandfather saves grandson from bear by hurling metal pole

A grandfather saved his grandson from a black man. Bear that came out of the woods behind his house

A grandfather saved his grandson from a black man. Bear coming out of the woods behind his house (Image: Getty Images)

A wheelchair-bound grandfather heroically saved his 10-year-old grandson from a 250-pound bear by throwing a metal pipe at him.

The boy was playing near a trampoline in his grandparents’ backyard in Morris, Connecticut, Sunday around 11 a.m. when the black bear approached, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

His grandfather, James Butler, said the bear came from the woods behind the house.

“I heard him yell ‘bear’ and when I looked up I saw his leg in the bear’s mouth and the bear was trying to drag him across the lawn,” Butler told the Republican-American from Waterbury.

Butler drove up to the bear and threw a metal bar at its head. The bear let go of the boy but charged at him a second time and tried to roll him onto his back, Butler told the newspaper.

That’s when a neighbor heard the boy’s screams and used a whistle and screams to scare the bear away, Butler said.

Butler and his grandson went inside, but the bear walked up a wheelchair ramp and looked inside.

“We thought he was coming through the screen,” Butler said. “There is no doubt that he was a major threat.”

State troopers and DEEP environmental protection officers who arrived at the scene shot the bear.

The boy had bite marks on one foot and ankle, claws on his back and a stab wound on one of his thighs, according to Butler.

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https://metro.co.uk/2022/10/18/connecticut-grandfather-saves-grandson-from-bear-by-hurling-metal-bar-17583203/ Connecticut: Grandfather saves grandson from bear by hurling metal pole

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