Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Bear attacks man on his lanai in Naples

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Rita Gibson | 12 January, 2018, 21:18

"It was just as scary as you can imagine", Meunier told ABC affiliate WZVN.

"I came outside and he was right there. I walked away with my life and it could have been a whole lot worse", said Meunier.

At the time, Meunier remarked upon his dog 'suddenly' running back inside, seconds later it became clear to the dog walker why that may have been the case.

The bear, standing about one metre tall, was staring him down. The man had to get 41 stitches as a result of injuries suffered in the attack. He sought treatment at a local hospital and has since been released.

Adding, 'It could've been a totally different story'.

The bears are not harmed by these traps.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission setup traps in the surrounding area by Meunier's home in Naples in hopes of catching the bears before they hurt anyone else.

Meunier has spotted bears in his neighborhood before, but had never been attacked.

Offered Parrish, "We're going to keep trying to remove that bear".

This isn't Meunier's first encounter with a bear, though it is his closest.

Fort Myers-based WFTX reports that neighbors believe garbage left near trash cans at the complex could be attracting bears to the area - and that other bears have been seen near there.

The bear lashed out when Meunier tried to go back into his home. The FWC estimates that there are 4,050 bears in Florida with 1,040 in South Florida alone.

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