Bear attacks man walking his dog in Naples apartment complex

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"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.

Andree Meunier, 41, told Collier County Sheriff's Office deputies that he let his dog out around 11 on Tuesday night and the frightened dog ran back inside his home.

"I'm just happy to be alive", Meunier said.

As the bear's claw tore into flesh, Meunier fought to get away. "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 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission setup traps in the surrounding area by Meunier's home in Naples in hopes of catching the bears before they hurt anyone else. "It was just as scary as you can imagine", Meunier told WZVN.

"That's run through my head, what if it was very bad and she came downstairs wondering where I was and there I was laying...yeah it's scary", said Meunier.

Meunier suffered several cuts across his head and chest, and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. "It could have been a totally different story".

A promise to trap the bear and ward off further encroachment: But a realistic goal?

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Andrew Meunier say around 11:00 p.m. he made a decision to let his small dog out of his apartment. 'And like I said, she's had three cubs around with her'.

The attack happened in the area of Dream Catcher Circle in Naples. When he walked outside he immediately noticed a 4-foot bear right next to him.

It is the first recorded bear attack in South Florida since 1970, something Meunier finds a little humorous. The man said it was like he was literally in a boxing match with a bear.

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