Connecticut hiker knocked down by black bear

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials are encouraging the public to keep their distance if they see a bear.

SOUTHBURY, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say a hiker who was knocked to the ground by a black bear has been treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police say a 38-year-old Newtown man was knocked down by a black bear while hiking near Lake Zoar on Saturday. The man was able to get away, and the bear took off into the woods.

The man was taken to Danbury Hospital and has since been released.

Environmental police have not been able to find the bear. Wildlife biologists have set up a trap in the area.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials are encouraging the public to keep their distance if they see a bear.