Black Bear Hits Man's Truck, Dies on Naugy Border

The incident occurred on Hunters Mountain Road in Oxford 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 near the Naugatuck border in Oxford. 

“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 a DEEP fact sheet on black bears. 

Tammy Lynn September 27, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Naugatalk September 27, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Awwwww poor Smokey! The poor wild animals are moving in the neighborhoods Where developers keep infringing on open lands. So much for animal habitat.
chris September 27, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Ummm, yeah. It's dead, what else are you going to do with it? Throughout history, in fact, dead animals have been found to be quite useful to human kind. Go eat a burger!
Angie September 27, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I understand it wasnt an accident but kids do read & see the pictures. I think some things shouldnt have been said or shown in this article!
Angie September 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Oops I meant to say it was an accident...
Hello Kitty September 27, 2012 at 10:52 PM
These pictures are totally unnecessary. An animal died due to a traumatic injury and the driver is smiling like he is proud of himself. The close up of the bear is just awful, and I don't even know what to say about the shot of him hanging over the kiddie pool. Disgusting.
Paul Singley September 28, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Folks, I have heard your concerns here and on our Facebook page and have decided to take down the original photos down. I'm sorry for offending anyone. Sincerely, Paul Singley, Naugatuck Patch editor
Tim September 28, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Maybe you people should be thankful that the young man wasn't hurt or worse. I would be smiling too! That is a pretty traumatic accident to live through. I do love animals but that wasn't avoidable!
JK 2012 September 28, 2012 at 06:54 AM
I saw the earlier pictures and did not find them offensive at all. It was an accident and if that was a deer i dont think as many people would be complaining, it happens every day! If youre worried children may see these then maybe parents should be monioring their children a little better. The driver clearly did not ask for this so there is no need to attack him.
Abbey Uszakiewicz September 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Its a bear. Who cares what pics are up. If it was me I'd be smiling too that I survived the crash with no injuries as well. And the bear would be hanging in my garage the same way. Bear is good eating.
SuperDave September 28, 2012 at 01:03 PM
It looked like Boo Boo. Yogi is gonna be mad.....
SuperDave September 28, 2012 at 01:07 PM
BTW, I saw the pics. I was not thrilled, but here is what I did.... I STOPPED LOOKING AT THEM! People, if you don't like something, DON'T LOOK AT IT! Geez, this is easy stuff. Everyone is so offended over everything. The way we are going every news story will be accompaniedby a picture of a basket of puppies so not to offend anyone.
barb September 28, 2012 at 02:01 PM
that poor bear, bears r just confuse i think there bein invaded by people messing with there area so they just movin on to another area, i love bear and asa a lil girl they were always near our house at night we didnt kill them we let them be cux they ere just lookin for food then left to go where they were belong. ive seen many bears big ones and li baby. there beautiful, leave them alone and they do leave to back where there from. stop cutting tress.there god creatures
chris September 28, 2012 at 02:11 PM
bleeding hearts! stop raising your kids in a box. they can't see a pic of a dead animal?? that's part of life! there is nothing wrong with it, if you explain it to them properly.
susan September 28, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Death is sad for all. Like humans, animals suffer and feel pain. I know people hunt. For food I understand. For the hunt just for sport, hate it! It was an accident. Very sad for the driver and bear. But remember every time we eat meat or foul we have a smile on our faces and how many animals are slain for our satisfaction. As kids we don 't know where meat is from, most only see it at stop and shop ect. Life is no as sweet as we make it. Sometimes it sucks.


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