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A huge rampaging bear has mauled a 10-year-old boy and tried dragging him across his grandad's garden.
Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in the United States were dispatched to the town of Morris at around 11am on Sunday morning, where they shot a bear dead.
To save the young lad's grandfather, James Butler said he heard him screaming bear before looking outside to find his leg inside the jaws of a whopping 18 stone black bear.
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In an attempt to scare the beast off, wheelchair user James headed outside and launched a metal bar at its head which briefly stopped it clawing and biting his grandson.
The child was taken to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries caused by the bear's mauling, with a puncture wound to a thigh, bite marks on his foot and claw marks on his back.
According to the child's grandfather, James Butler, the 10-year-old was playing on a trampoline in his back garden when the black bear emerged from the thick woods and lunged at the boy.
"I heard him yell ‘bear’ and when I looked up, I saw his leg in the bear’s mouth and the bear trying to drag him across the lawn," Butler told the Republican-American of Waterbury.
Butler, who uses a wheelchair, added that he wheeled himself towards the bear to save his grandson and threw a metal bar at the beast's head.
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He said that the bear briefly released the child but then grabbed the boy for a second time before the 10-year-old's screams alerted a neighbour, who helped by scaring off the bear by shouting and brandishing a pipe.
Butler and his grandson moved inside the house for safety before the bear returned, looking at the pair through the screen door.
"We thought he was coming through the screen. No doubt he was a big threat," Butler added.
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A police officer is believed to have scared off the bear by rattling the screen door before the beast was located later in the day and was shot dead.
It is estimated that the population of black bears has risen in Connecticut to around 1,000 to 1,200, mainly in the northwest quarter of the state.
Last month, a woman was rushed to hospital after she was attacked by a bear while she was fixing her hot tub – leading to authorities killing the bear and its cubs.
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