Officials from Florida Wildlife have asked residents to try to stay away bears after another attack was captured on video.
Walter Hickox, a Florida resident is receiving praises on social media for a video that he posted in which he fought off a bear who tried to enter his house. Officials said that this was the second bear attack within a week.
“Not a lot went through my head at the moment, other than what’s going to happen if he gets past me and into the house where the rest of my dogs and my wife was at,”WFTV spoke with Hickox regarding his recent encounters with a bear who tried to enter his residence.
The footage, captured by a Ring camera, shows the bear entering Hickox’s porch area in Daytona Beach last week. Hickox pushes the bear until he can block the entrance with a bench. You can see him also blocking one his wild animals dogs. The skirmish only caused minor injuries to the Daytona resident.
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Hickox says that he’ll be installing new doors and having bear spray near him in the event of any intruders. According to local media, the bear captured in this video wasn’t caught.
Wildlife officials have warned residents to avoid bears at all costs, especially in light of Hickox’s incident and of another attack last week. In the same week as Hickox’s trouble, a woman in DeBary was attacked by a bear while walking her dog.
According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee the woman stated that she was “jumped”She was thrown to ground by a bear after being pushed on her. Minor injuries to her head and concussion were sustained.
Later, a mother bear and her three cubs were found near the adult. Out of concern for the safety and well-being of all, the mother bear was shot to death. The 100-pound cubs were then released. Wildlife officials estimate that bears inhabit 49% to 59% of Florida.
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