South Florida Man is Happy to be Alive After Taking on Black Bear

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Florida Man Attacked by Bear

A South Florida man is thankful to still be alive after losing a boxing match with a bear just steps outside his home.

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Andy Meunier was letting his dog out from his Naples, Florida, home on Tuesday night when he turned just in time to see a bear staring him down from feet away.

According to Meunier, when he saw the bear “Everything went in slow motion. It was just as scary as you can imagine.” He added “It was standing in front of me and I tried to turn left real quick and get back in the house, and caught an uppercut from a brown, or a black, bear.”

The swipe made a nasty gash running along the entire left side of his face that required 41 stitches to close.

He was knocked to the ground, but managed to scramble to his feet and get back inside the house before the situation got any worse.  Read more here

Bears in Florida

The Florida black beαr is a subspecies of the American black beαr that has historically ranged throughout most of Florida and southern portions of Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.

Facts about Florida Black Bears:
• The Florida black bear (Ursus americanus floridanus) is one of 16 recognized subspecies of the American black bear.

• Approximately 80 percent of the natural bear foods in Florida are plant material. Insects make up around 15 percent of diets. The remaining 5 percent is animal matter such as raccoons, opossums, armadillos, white-tailed deer and occasionally livestock. Most animal matter comes from scavenging rather than active predation.

• Reproductive females enter winter dens in mid to late December and emerge in early to mid April after a mean denning period of 100 to 113 days. Cubs stay with their mothers and may den with her the following year. Family dissolution usually occurs between May and July when cubs are 15 to 17 months old.

• Prescribed fires in the late spring and summer growing seasons, rather than winter burning, helps bears. Because mothers and cubs are in dens through April, winter fires can kill cubs and burn up important foods bears need after denning.

• Adult bears are solitary, reclusive and live at relatively low densities over large landscapes.

• Male bear home ranges are much larger than female ranges.

• Securing trash and other human food sources in communities near bear habitat is the most effective way to avoid conflict with bears and prevent bears from being euthanized.

• Bears currently occupy 31 percent of their historic range and only occupied 17 percent in 1993.

• Bears are particularly vulnerable to habitat loss and fragmentation because of their low numbers, low densities and large home ranges.

• Black bears are recognized as an umbrella species, a species whose habitat requirements encompass those of many other species. Given the large area requirements of bears and the diversity of habitats they use, many species are protected under the umbrella of bear conservation.

• Currently 32 of the 41 states with resident black bear populations have a regulated hunting season.

• An average of 248 bears have been killed by vehicle collisions each year since 2012.

• Wildlife underpasses beneath roads work to connect bear habitats and prevent vehicle collisions.

• For conflicts with people, more than 80 bears have been euthanized by FWC so far in 2015.

• Nearly half the state of Florida, 16,706,172 acres, is potential bear habitat.