Bear attack leaves Florida man with 41 stitches

A bear attacked a man in Naples on Tuesday, making this the first-ever bear attack in South Florida.

At around 10:30 p.m., resident Andrew Meunier let his dog outside, but moments later, the canine suddenly ran back inside, scared, according to officials with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

That's when a bear attacked Meunier and mauled his face with its paw. He was rushed to a local hospital where he underwent a four-hour surgery and received 41 stitches for several cuts across his head and chest, WBBH reports.

Meunier said to WBBH that during the attack, he saw three bears, each about 5 feet tall.

Florida Fish and Wildlife and Conservation Commission officials said they will start setting up traps and conducting bear searches in the Naples area, according to WBBH.

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