Video shows Florida man fighting bear to protect his dogs

"Luckily the man’s injuries were not life-threatening and his dogs were not injured.”

click to enlarge SCREENGRAB VIA FWC
Screengrab via FWC
A Florida man walked away with just a few scratches after defending his dogs from a full grown black bear.

Last weekend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted a 38-second Ring doorbell video, which shows a Daytona Beach resident facing off with the bear.

In the video, the man, who was not identified by the FWC, can be seen on his porch with his two dogs when one begins barking at the door, and then the bear appears. According to the FWC, the man thought the bear was another dog.

“Thinking the animal was another dog and not a bear, the man moved towards it to protect his dogs and the bear reacted,” said the FWC. “The man was able to get the bear to leave by making loud noises and quickly moving a bench in front of his porch door. Luckily the man’s injuries were not life-threatening and his dogs were not injured.”
Per usual, the video was shared by the FWC as a teachable moment for the public. While bear encounters are rare, the agency offered a few tips:
- Don’t run; running may trigger a chase response. Back away slowly in the opposite direction and wait for the bear to leave.
- From a safe distance, make loud noises to scare away the bear.
- Give the bear a clear escape route (do not corner it).
- If the bear makes contact with you, fight back aggressively.
- If your dog and a bear make contact, make noise and use bear spray or a water hose to try and break them up.
If you do encounter a bear, you can call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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