(PNJ) – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Sunday responded to a home in Gulf Breeze to investigate an incident involving a man and his dog.
According to a press release from the FWC, a Gulf Breeze man let his dog out into the front yard where it encountered a bear. The dog was injured, and when the man approached, the bear swatted him.
The man sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was treated and released from Gulf Breeze Hospital last night. Injuries to the dog also were not life threatening.
FWC law enforcement officers and biologists are investigating the incident, collecting evidence and have initiated trapping efforts in the area. FWC and staff will remain in the area to speak with residents and continue trapping efforts.