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Video catches Florida man fighting off bear to save his dogs

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  • Daytona Beach resident Walter Hickox was in his partially enclosed front porch with his dogs Wednesday evening when a black bear entered.
  • Security footage shows Hickox wrestling with a bear to save his dogs.
  • Hickox suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries in the encounter and his dogs were uninjured.

Home security footage caught the moment a Florida man fought off a bear to save his dogs. 

Daytona Beach resident Walter Hickox was in his partially enclosed front porch with his dogs Wednesday evening when a black bear entered.  

Ring security footage shows Hickox wrestling with a bear in an attempt to save his dogs. 


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“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,” Hickox told WFTV. 

Hickox suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries in the encounter and his dogs were uninjured. 

FWC bear biologists and law enforcement officers immediately responded to the scene and are attempting to capture the bear,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a press release. “Per FWC policy, staff will humanely kill the bear if captured since it poses a threat to human safety.” 


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