Bear attacks man walking dog at Florida apartment complex

Man makes history as the first in South Florida to sustain a terrifying injury from this dangerous animal

Andrew Meunier had to get 41 stitches in four hours of surgery after he was attacked by a bear in south Florida.

It happened in Naples, Florida, while the man was letting his dog out late one night.

Meunier says the bear's claws almost ripped open his face.

The bears reportedly stand about 5 feet tall.

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"Truthfully, I'm not sure how I got out alive", Meunier said.

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. "I tried to run and wasnt fast enough". "It could have been a totally different story".

Andrew Meunier say around 11:00 p.m. he made a decision to let his small dog out of his apartment.

FWC officers will also be searching for the bears in addition to setting up the traps.

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"Any bear to me is big, but have to say this one here is probably between 250 to 300 pounds", Amerine said.

While local resident, Christian Pugh, told of recording a video of bears going through the trash bins outside his home-but shortly after he recorded it, one of the bears rushed toward him.

According to WINK News in Florida, the attack is the first documented bear attack in the state of Florida since 1970.

Welcome to the ongoing dilemma, where bears are now finding themselves forced to "explore" man's own backyard, as its own natural habitat continues to be eradicated with man's passing over-reach....

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