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South Florida Bear Attack a First, Victim Happy to Be Alive

12 January 2018, 06:49 | Melissa Porter

The Collier County Sheriff's Department says Andrew Meunier let his dog out at approximately 10 o'clock p.m. Wednesday

The Collier County Sheriff's Department says Andrew Meunier let his dog out at approximately 10 o'clock p.m. Wednesday

"Truthfully I'm just happy I got out alive", Meunier said. 'And I tried to run but it wasn't fast enough'. "It was just as scary as you can imagine", Meunier stated in the WZVN News video below.

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.

He soon realized there was a four-foot tall bear standing next to him!

Meunier had to be taken to the hospital for treatment after he suffered several cuts across his head and stomach.

"I can't believe I just got hit by a bear", he said, recalling the attack which left him with 41 stitches across his face.

Now a trap outside of Meunier's apartment hopes to lure in the bears with food. "It could've been a totally different story". The traps would not harm the bears. "It wasn't until I got back inside that I looked down on my hand and saw blood all over", said Meunier.

The attack happened in the area of Dream Catcher Circle in Naples.

Pictured, Andrew Meunier who survived a bear attack.While Andrew Meunier may have survived a bear attack, neighbors and locals are in fear and trepidation....

'Any bear to me is big, but I have to say this one here is probably between 250 to 300 pounds, ' Kirk Amerine told WFTX. When he walked outside he immediately noticed a 4-foot bear right next to him.

He said he's seen bears in the area before, but Meunier is the first reported person ever to be attacked by a bear in South Florida.

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