A man was mauled by a bear just steps away from the front door of his Florida home.
“I came outside and he was right there, and I tried to run but it wasn’t fast enough,” said Andrew Meunier of Naples to WINK-TV news reporters.
Meunier said that he let his dog out of his home about 11 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 and stepped outside.
As he spotted three bears, one of them reared up on its hind legs and clawed at the man’s face.
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He said he struggled to get away, but the 4-foot black bear was too fast.
“I saw him, spun around, and by then I was hit,” the man told Fox6.
The man’s 7-year-old daughter was reportedly asleep inside the home.
“I’m just happy to be alive, it could’ve been a totally different story,” he told Fox6 reporters.
Somehow, the man managed to get back through his front door.
“I think at that point adrenaline carried me through it, you know, I didn’t know if I was cut or bleeding or anything until, after getting hit the next thing I really remember was getting inside and closing the door,” Meunier told WINK-TV.
Meunier immediately called emergency dispatch.
“Then I proceeded to call 911 and they came and took care of me,” Meunier said.
The 911 call revealed that Meunier suffered a facial laceration from the bear attack, which was the first in South Florida since 1970, WINK-TV reported.
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The attack happened across the street from a high school. Apparently, this neighborhood has had a bear presence for some time with neighbors reporting sightings of bears rummaging through trash.
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Wildlife officers are “desperately trying to catch the bear with a trap filled with donuts,” reported Hannah Vogel of WINK-TV, concerned for the safety of residents and children heading to school.
Another resident, Christian Pugh, is said to have recorded a video of bears digging through the trash bins outside his home when one of the bears rushed towards him.
Florida Fish and Wildlife representatives told WINK-TV reporters they are considering installing bear-proof trash bins into communities in order to lessen the risk of wild animal encounters.