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Black Bear Hits Man's Truck, Dies in Oxford

The incident occurred on Hunters Mountain Road Wednesday night.

OXFORD - George Muttick was almost home Wednesday night when something massive struck the rear passenger side of his Chevy 2500 pickup truck, nearly tipping the automobile.

Muttick jumped out of the driver’s seat, looked around and saw a sight he never expected: a 250-pound black bear dead on the side of the Hunters Mountain Road.

“I’ve hit deer before, and I knew right away this was no deer when it struck,” he said. “This thing tipped my truck pretty good.”

Muttick, a 24-year-old aircraft electrician at Sikorsky and a volunteer Oxford firefighter, saw fur sticking out of the rear wheel well and blood on the side of the truck bed, but no other damage. He immediately called 911.

State police arrived at 7:27 p.m. and called officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to check on the bear. Muttick said officials estimated the bear weighed up to 250 pounds. It was not tagged, meaning it had not come in contact with any state or federal regulatory agencies in the past.

Muttick, who was not injured, lives just a few houses away from where the incident occurred. He said he’s heard of bobcats and people discussing mountain lions in the area, but hasn’t heard about bears before. He’s never seen one and certainly never hit one.

Asked if he was shocked by the incident, Muttick said, “Well I certainly never expected that a bear would try to jump in the bed of my truck.”

The bear has been sent away to be gutted; the outside remains will be sent to a tannery. The DEEP has given the bear to Muttick, like they would if he hit a deer or another animal. 

“It’ll make a nice rug,” he said.

It will certainly make for one heck of a story.

Note: This link goes to DEEP fact sheet about black bears in CT. 

Jennifer September 28, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Awwww...the poor bear! If that were me, I'd be a bawling mess! Glad the driver is ok, but I wouldn't be posing with it. Sad.
Alex September 28, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Yeah the bloody carcass is unappealing, but nothing wrong with it. I wouldn't do it, but everyone is different. Speaking of dead animals I was pretty shocked and sad this weekend when I popped my hood and found a dead woodchuck under my hood. Still confused on how and why it crawled up there but nevertheless was sad having to bury the guy.
christine September 28, 2012 at 07:14 PM
What a horrible story! How could anyone be smiling over such a tragedy? Not much compassion there....
Natalie Jarnstedt September 28, 2012 at 07:16 PM
It's not at all unusual for smaller animals to crawl into car engines to keep warm. When it gets colder, it's always a good idea to either honk the horn or bang on the hood of the car to warn any uninvited visitors to wake up and leave BEFORE you start the engine! Years ago, there were cats at a train station, two were rescued because of their ijuries - they had no tail or just a partial tail, ripped off by the start of the engine. Cats very often crawl into engines, fall asleep, and are injured if they don't get out before engines are started up.
Walt September 28, 2012 at 08:17 PM
The stupid animal ran into his truck. Would you have been happier if the guy totaled his truck and got injured and the bear ran away? Let's all sing koombaya for the bear, and I'm sure he'll have a good home on the floor in front of the fireplace.
Jennifer September 28, 2012 at 08:42 PM
"The stupid animal ran into his truck". Really? Yeah, I'm sure the bear (I mean the "stupid" bear) had nothing else better to do that night and said "Hey! I'm gonna run into a moving Chevy 2500 pickup truck tonight!" The guy's posing with it as if he hunted it down or saved someone's life or something. Didn't take long for an uncompassionate post to appear. Gosh I hope you don't own any pets. Wouldn't want them to do anything "stupid". Sorry...just sticking up for the bear. (You know...the "stupid" one).
Natalie Jarnstedt September 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM
My thoughts, exactly!
Geezer September 29, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Back in the day you wouldn't have read about this in the paper. Maybe heard about it at the local garage or barber shop. Ah suburbia !
Natalie Jarnstedt September 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I don' believe that nervousness, as suggested by some, can be blamed for the grin on the face while posing with the dead bear! First of all, why even pose with the carcass at all? It's not even one of male macho moron hunter pride that produced a dead animal, is it - the unfortunate creature was a victim of an accident....would anyone pose this way with a dead person acident victim?
jim laguardia September 30, 2012 at 12:53 AM
He did not kill the bear.... Why not take a picture with it?? Now he has a picture to go with the story that 20 years from now people might not have believed, some people are going a little overboard on this.
Natalie Jarnstedt September 30, 2012 at 04:09 AM
OK then, why does it have to be the typical hunter's trophy photo-op pose, since you say that he didn't kill the bear, isn't it a bit disingenuous - I guess the bear committed suicide.....?
jim laguardia September 30, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Yes either he committed suicide, was drunk and fell, or was attacking the man's truck. What other reason would a bear hit the truck? Or was it just plain stupid, like someone mentioned above? The man was driving along minding his own business when the bear hit his truck.
Mansfield September 30, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Why is this guy so proud that he ran over a bear?
jim laguardia September 30, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Maybe someone had just told a joke before the picture snapped??? He did not run the bear over the bear ran into his truck
Walt September 30, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I think someone should call PETA and start a national campaign to have this evil bear-killer sent to jail for life! How dare he drive in an area where there may be an animal frolicking in the roadway! And what gives him the right to smile after the poor defensless 250 pound creature, probably just out for a midnight honey snack, became deceased without causing any physical harm to him? The bear deserved a heroic funeral with all his woodland creature friends in attendance.
Carl Kolchak September 30, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I'll deliver the eulogy. "Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead, Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong. The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good." Amen
Geezer September 30, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Is that a lost stanza from American Pie?
Frank Lee Noe October 01, 2012 at 01:14 AM
A 250 lb black bear is a dangerous animal. If cornered, it will rip you to pieces. Stop thinking of these animals in such fairy tale ways, i've seen the aftermath. If you spot one in your neighborhood, call the police or animal control.
Natalie Jarnstedt October 01, 2012 at 02:52 PM
IF these "dangerous" animals were not encoraged by residents, they wouldn't be so dangerous! Why would anyone "corner" a black bear, or any wild animal, for that matter? Anyone, even one of us wonderful humans, can be dangerous when cornererd without any way out! As you may have read, bear B-1 was tranquilized and then killed (instead of being relocated), all for being constantly fed by people wanting cute videos and photographs, of which there are plenty. B-1 was a young and healthy female, never a real threat to anyone, other than approaching provided treats and goodies and starting to get comfortable around people. Black bears are easily intimidated with noise and are dangerous only when they have cubs with them. Bear B-2 was killed in a Hartford park because of being attracted by open garbage cans - so why isn't trash in parks kept safely covered, just as is suggested for residental areas? Note: The link provided in the article - DEEP fact sheet about black bears in CT.
Carl Kolchak October 02, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Do you think we need a Bear Hunt to thin the population? Seems like there are so many of them these days.
Natalie Jarnstedt October 02, 2012 at 01:15 AM
To "thin" the population? What exactly IS the population? The DEEP has been throwing around a lot of numbers: 300, 500, 1,000 - have they ever counted them? NO! Ergo: No, there should be no bear hunt! Killing them will NOT be beneficial, espcially to the bears! Do we want to end up with the same situation as the DEEP has created with deer?
Carl Kolchak October 02, 2012 at 01:22 AM
You're right. There are way too many deer. So, you're saying we definitely need to thin the herd for both deer and bears? I guess, when we start hitting Bears with our trucks it is probably time to reduce the population, resulting in a healthier group of bears (less competition for food and mates) and safer roads for our children.
Natalie Jarnstedt October 02, 2012 at 01:48 AM
NO, you obviously didn't understand what I wrote. Why would killing bears produce healthier ones? Hunting deer does the exact opposite: Hunters don't seek out the old, sick deer, as true predators would (which are killed off as soon as they appear), because hunters want the perfect specimen/trophy. Therefore, they are, in fact, degrading the gene pool by leaving older and not so healthy ones to reproduce at a higher rate, through compensatory rebound (see Richter & Labisky study).
Walt October 02, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Rats with hooves. Two of bambi's relatives frolicked into my wifes car on two seperate occasions causing extensive damage. But they were able to scamper away, that's the important thing.
Carl Kolchak October 02, 2012 at 07:01 PM
So, you're saying we should reduce the deer popluation at the same time we thin the herd for bears? Makes sense.
Natalie Jarnstedt October 03, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Is English your first language? What is it that you don't understand? Fugeddaboudid, I'm not talking to a wall anymore.
jim laguardia October 03, 2012 at 11:00 AM
This is golden!!! Well played Carl.
Atuno October 03, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Jim & Carl, I wonder who's really had their last laugh here...it wasn't either of you, because NJ's message is here, and you two just sound really dense, to put it mildly!
Carl Kolchak October 03, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Atuno, if you are suggesting that the hunting season be expanded, you are absolutely right. I think NJ would agree as well. Thank you for your support.
jim laguardia October 03, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Oh snap.... You got me, I guess Carl did not prove that some people are so blinded by trying to spread their view to others that they can't see when they are being played

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