2 black bears cozied up to a hiker but she just wasn’t having it

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By Brian Koerber2015-08-31 22:21:00 UTC

Stephanie Rivkin was hiking in in Burlington, Connecticut, on Friday when she got a little too close for comfort to two curious black bears.

Rivkin, who was hiking alone in the Session Woods Wildlife Management area, captured the encounter on video, which she originally uploaded to her Facebook page.

The video starts with two black bears, standing just feet away from Rivkin. One of the bears, a tagged 150-pound male that is 1-and-a-half years old, approaches her several times and follows her as she attempts to walk away.

"I had no idea whether or not I was supposed to be scared," Rivkin told NBC Connecticut. "I just felt if I ran, I would be attacked."

The bear even touches Rivkin at one point in the video.

"I felt his nose touch my leg and that’s as close as he got," Rivkin said. "The teeth, I saw them clearly, but thank God I didn’t feel them."

According to the Dennis Schain, an agency spokesperson for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), wildlife staff are searching for the bear and plan to euthanize it. The hiking trail has been closed due to safety concerns.

"That is the appropriate action to take after seeing this bear’s behavior today," Schain told NBC Connecticut.

DEEP started tracking the bear as a yearling over the winter, and it has already been captured and relocated once before.

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