STRATFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A 55-year-old upstate New York man and his dog have been injured by a bear on the southern border of the Adirondack Park.
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.
An overnight search for the bear was unsuccessful. State officials believe it has left the area.
Stratford is about 60 miles northwest of Albany.
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