Off-duty NYPD detective attacked by black bear

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Marcus Solis reports on the black bear attack in Cornwall, New York.

An NYPD detective is recovering after being attacked by black bear while off duty.

William Orange encountered the bear around 9:30 Sunday night after working on his wife's car.

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The lights were off when Orange entered his garage.

"I heard a growl and saw big teeth and something grabbed my shirt," says Orange who took a swing at the animal. "I hit it with my forearm and just ran."

The father of two was treated at a local hospital after the bear's claws left four long scratches on his chest and stomach. The bear's paw tore through the T-shirt he was wearing.

Orange was given a tetanus shot and is being treated with antibiotics. He is awaiting medical clearance to return to work.

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"I guess it could have been a lot worse. It got me, but it's more of a graze," he says. "I'll be alright."


The state DEC has set up a trap in Orange's yard in case the bear comes back again. If it is caught, they will relocate the bear.

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