Video: Naples man attacked by bear as he walked dog

Published Jan. 11, 2018

A Naples man is recovering after he was attacked by a black bear at his apartment complex Wednesday night.

Andrew Meunier says he was walking his dog at the Amberton Townhomes around 11 p.m. when he saw three other bears, in addition to the 4-foot bear that attacked him.

"He was right there," Meunier told WINK News. "I tried to run and wasn't fast enough."

The attack left an 8-inch gash across his forehead and down his right cheek that required 41 stitches, according to WINK.

"It felt like somebody punched me," Meunier said. "I didn't feel any cuts or anything. It wasn't until I got back inside, looked down at my hand, and saw blood all over."

Residents have reported seeing a mother bear and her cubs roaming the complex, according to WFTX.

Officials with Florida Fish and Wildlife have set up traps to capture the bears, and warn residents to secure their trash, which could attract the bears.

Meunier said he was concerned for his life — and for his 7-year-old daughter, who was asleep at the time of the attack.

"I'm really just happy to be alive," Meunier said. "It could have been a totally different story."

WINK reports this is the first bear attack in South Florida since 1970.