ORANGE CITY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)
Wildlife officials are trying to trap a bear that attacked a man and killed his dog.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Greg Workman says Alan Bryant let his Yorkshire Terrier, "Tigger," into the backyard of his home on Hollow Ridge Drive in Orange City on Monday night. When he heard the dog yelping, he went outside, triggering motion lights that illuminated the bear.
"When I looked to the left and saw the bear was almost on me, I said ok, there's the door that's my spot. I'm diving for it, and I did. He was far enough, I thought I could make it, but I slipped," Bryant explained. "He was that fast. By the time I could get up half way on my feet, that's when he swiped me and pretty much knocked me down with just one swipe."
The bear tore his pants. Bryant was able to get inside his house just in time for his wife, Kim, to close the door on the bear. "Kim yelled at the door and distracted him long enough where I dove for the door and made it into the house!"
The dog died at the scene. Bryant got emotional talking about the whole encounter. "He killed my dog right behind the house. Even with my security lights came on, my flood lights in the back, he was running towards me." Bryant has a large bruise on his back side from where the bear swiped at him. He says the loss of his dog Tigger is much more painful.
Workman says two traps were set early Tuesday. If caught, the bear will be euthanized.