NAPLES, FLA. – A South Florida man is the primary individual in at the very least forty years to be attacked by a bear within the space, and all of it occurred in his yard. 

Andrew Meunier was taking one in every of his Pomeranians, Howie, outdoors at about eleven p.m. Tuesday. Seconds after stepping outdoors, Howie growled at one thing and ran again inside.

“I needed to know what scared my canine, so I walked again out,” Meunier stated.

Three bears have been standing a number of ft from the again door, which leads out to a grassy space and a pond. Meunier tried to whirl round and run again inside, however he stated an enormous paw got here down on the appropriate aspect of his face earlier than he completed turning his again on the animals.

He was capable of escape and run inside his house. When he checked out his toilet mirror, a nightmare appeared again at him.

A lot blood poured from his wounds, he likened the sensation to standing beneath a bathe nozzle.

Meunier took off his shirt, wadded it as much as cease the bleeding and walked up the steps of his North Naples city house. He then tried to consolation his 7-yr-previous daughter earlier than calling 911. 

“I went into her room and needed to wake her up,” Meunier stated. “I needed to inform her what occurred. She initially freaked, however when she noticed I wasn’t crying or something, she calmed down.”

In a 911 name to Collier County Sheriff’s Workplace dispatchers, Meunier might be heard telling his daughter, Annabelle, that every thing can be OK, that he can be OK.

Meunier has an eight-inch scar beginning on his hairline and crossing his temple to his cheek. He has smaller cuts beneath his eye and on his proper cheek.

It took 4 hours in an emergency room and forty one stitches to patch him up.