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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.

Delameter said ECOs investigated the scene on Monday night and Tuesday. At the scene ECOs, located the overturned ATV that the subject was operating at the time of the incident. There was no indication that a bear had been in the area.

“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 he 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.

In a brief phone interview from his home on Wednesday, Jordon said he didn’t remember exactly what happened, but believed that something knocked him off the four-wheeler.

“I kind of don’t want to talk about it,” he said.

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