2 injured in Quinebaug River beaver attack

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(WTNH) — The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issuing a warning to swimmers and boaters after two people suffered injuries in a beaver attack Monday night.

The attack happened in the vicinity of the Route 101 bridge on the Pomfret-Killingly line.

DEEP EnCon Police tell News 8 a Danielson man and woman were swimming in the waters of the Quinebaug River when they were bitten by an animal that appeared to be a beaver. The two received stitches for their wounds at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam.

Officials launched a search for the animal and did encounter a beaver that exhibited aggressive behavior near the Route 101 bridge, but crews were unable to capture the animal, according to EnCon Police.

DEEP says there have been occasional cases of a healthy beaver acting aggressively toward humans. There have also been cases when tests have shown a beaver to be infected with rabies. It is unclear whether the attacking beaver was healthy or infected with rabies.

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