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. 

Me September 27, 2012 at 04:00 PM
The photos are lacking decorum.
Murf September 27, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Not sure how this is breaking news that a bear dies and a guy gets a rug.
Bonnie September 27, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Oh that poor thing! I'm sorry for the driver of the truck as well but he doesn't look too sad seeing he's smiling in the picture! I guess I'm pretty sure there wasn't a bird feeder in the back of the truck! I'm sorry for both of you, glad the driver wasn't injured!
Jenn G September 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Were the pictures necessary?
NANCY September 27, 2012 at 05:07 PM
better than the bear died than the man..it could of killed him..congrats on the rug.
sloane smith September 27, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Smiling?? what a jerk
Debbie September 27, 2012 at 06:17 PM
He's actually a really nice guy who was smiling out of shear nervousness. He was in shock that he hit a bear. George is a local volunteer fireman who gives so much to our community. This happened in front of my house and we are all very grateful that George didn't get injured.
Keith D. Nelsen September 27, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Back off. George was one of my juniors and a past officer from Center Fire Co. A real good kid and someone I am very proud of. George is very active in the OFD and one of the ones up at two in the morning in below zero weather responding to your chimney fire. I'll go with the nervous smile or maybe just George being George. George didn't intentionally hit this bear. Not George's style. It hit him and knowing George he was probably shocked and amazed but he was certainly not gloating and he certainly did not have any say in the posting of this picture.
Jenn G September 27, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I can absolutely understand how shocked he must have been. The Patch did not need to post those pictures, especially the one with the bear hanging in the garage. Very distasteful, especially if kids are seeing this article.
kim September 27, 2012 at 07:54 PM
How sad that wildlife has to die this way. For those who are happy to see this shame on you. Go live in the city in a highrise. With regards to George, (who I do not know nor have I ever had the opportunity to meet) Thank you for services to the town of Oxford. To the Patch, I agree with Jenn G very distasteful posting the bear hanging .
Jessie September 27, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Grow up people. This was an accident, the bear was killed. Every year thousands upon thousands of deer and other wild animals are killed during hunting season in CT. and an equal amount are hit by cars. Don't like it, don't view the photos and go back into the bubble you are living in.
Madalene Taggart September 27, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I agree Keith. George is a really good kid(young man) who probably smiled for the camera just out of nervousness. The pictures are a bit graphic for those who do not hunt but that was Paul's choice to use them. It always amazes me how people judge people without knowing them. George is one of the firemen who came and pumped out your cellar when it flooded, put our your chimney fire, helped take you out of your crashed vehicle, came to your house when your smoke alarm went off because you burned your food and stayed up all night on the side of the road waiting for a scene to be cleared. I'm happy that he didn't get injured, If he wants to smile for the camera who cares.
Paul Singley September 28, 2012 at 01:10 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, Oxford Patch editor
Laura Baxter September 28, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I'm sorry to hear about the bear, but happy the young man is okay. A big thank you to all our firemen and police officers here in Oxford for answering the call day or night regardless of the weather. I saw a black bear just down the road from this accident a couple years back. It was in August, and my father and I were walking with our dog, Junior, in the Oxford Reservoir Block Park. It was very hot and humid and a little after noon. I saw something climbing down a tall tree. I turned and said to my Dad, "That is so not a raccoon!" We stopped and watched the bear reach the base of the tree. It turned to observe us. We stayed still, and it rose up on it's hind legs to get a better view of us. I raised my arms up to appear taller. (I've heard it helps-LOL.) The bear raised his nose in the air to catch our scent, then dropped back to all fours. He ambled off the path and into the woods. Never heard another sound or caught even a glimpse of him after that. Amazing how an animal of that size can do that, when a bird or squirrel moving in the woods next to you is easily heard and often seen.


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