The woman, who suffered a minor bruise, told police the bear came up to her on Atwater Road while she was gardening and nipped her. She scared the bear off and was transported to the hospital for minor injuries, police said.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to try and Locate and trap the animal. DEEP is taking over the investigation.
DEEP public information officer Cyndy Chanaca said Environmental Conservation Officers set up a trap but has not yet contained the bear. Officers will continue trying and she said generally such a bear would be relocated to a remote area. Chanaca could not immediately confirm what would happen in this case but said she will continue to provide information as it becomes available.
Chanaca also said it is unusual for a bear to nip a person.
See more about black bears in Connecticut at http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=325968&depNav_GID=1655