A pet owner in Orange City, Florida lost his dog to a bear attack and then became the bear’s next target.
Alan Bryant let his Yorkshire terrier, Tigger out on the evening of October 6, 2015.
Little did he know that it would be the last time he would see Tigger alive, and that it would almost cost him his life.
Usually when he called to his dog it obeyed him, but when the dog didn’t stop Bryant knew that something was wrong.
After hearing the horrible yelping, and then the silence, he activated his motion-sensor lights and came face to face with a black bear standing over his pet.
Then the bear came after Bryant. Here he is in a video report from WFTV.
Bryant said “I slipped around the corner of the carport and looked and he was basically on me. My wife was at the door and started screaming and luckily he didn’t bite. I just dove for the door and she slammed it.”
Conservation officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission set traps in the area hoping to catch the bruin.
Spokesman Greg Workman said that if caught and determined to be the offending bear, it would be euthanized.
On October 24, 2015 a bear hunt will start for central Florida allowing hunters a 100-bear total for the region.
Florida has issued a limit of 320 bears for the entire state around a population of some 3,100 animals statewide.