DEC: No bear involved in Hague incident

HAGUE — Authorities have determined that the man who reported he was attacked by a black bear in Hague late Monday fabricated the claim, but the injured man told a reporter Wednesday that he didn’t remember what happened.

Joel Jordon of Hague suffered head and arm injuries that required stitches and staples, but they apparently occurred during an accident with the four-wheeler he was riding, officials said.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s investigation was ongoing Wednesday. But Benning Delamater, a spokesman for the DEC, said the agency’s law enforcement personnel determined a bear was not responsible for the man’s injuries.

“After a thorough investigation and interviews with the subject, DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers determined that the subject was not attacked by a bear,” Delamater said.

He said the investigation was continuing, and it was unclear whether any false report charges would be filed.

Jordon was hospitalized after he showed up with serious injuries at a home on Overbrook Road shortly after 9 p.m. Monday reporting that a bear had attacked him as he rode an all-terrain vehicle in nearby woods.

Warren County sheriff’s officers, Hague firefighters and Ticonderoga Rescue Squad personnel responded, Jordon telling them that he was hurt by a run-in with a bear.

The fire department’s president and spokesperson said the victim reported h was riding a four-wheeler in woods when he saw a bear, and when he turned around to go back toward where he saw it, the animal charged and attacked him. He said he was knocked off the vehicle and managed to crawl to a home to get help.

Authorities quickly doubted his story, and Jordon admitted late Tuesday that he was not attacked by a bear, officials said.