Seminole County man injured from fall after bear attacks dog

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A Seminole County man is recovering after he fell when a bear attacked his dog while they were out on a walk.

Neighbors said the dog needed surgery but is expected to be OK.


Jackie Coggin said she witnessed the attack Tuesday night right in front of her home.

“I could see the bear and the dog kind of tugging away from it. So the only thing I could think to do is to drive my car towards the situation and hopefully scare the bear. And that’s exactly what happened,” Coggin said.

Read: Bear seen roaming Orlando neighborhoods hit, killed by car

According to neighbors, the elderly man suffered head trauma. They said his dog ran away, but was found the next morning on a neighbor’s porch.

It’s unclear what caused the bear to attack, but neighbors said the bear did have a cub with her at the time, and according to wildlife experts, mother bears are more aggressive when that’s the case.

Read: Off-duty Seminole County deputy shot mother bear that was later euthanized

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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