“We have been and will continue to work with this community and others to reduce human-bear conflicts.” That’s the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s response to a bear attack that left Naple’s resident Andrew Meunier with 41 stitches in his face. As foxnews.com reports . . .
Andrew Meunier was standing outside of his Naples apartment complex Wednesday night when a bear suddenly appeared and lunged at him, slashing his face and torso . . .
Meunier suffered several cuts across his head and chest before he managed to escape the bear’s grip. He called 911 and was rushed to a local hospital, where he received 41 stitches.
“I don’t think it’s very deep, but it’s an 8 inch cut,” Meunier said, describing the gash across his cheek to FOX4.
Though Meunier anticipates a slow and painful recovery, the man says he’s grateful the outcome wasn’t worse.
“I’m just happy to be alive,” Meunier said. “It could’ve been a totally different story.”
As mentioned above, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission isn’t overly concerned about the attack.
“This is the first documented injury from a bear in South Florida since we started keeping records in the 1970s,” FWC public information officer Brian Norris reminded Fox News.
The first, but more to come? Anyway, it should have been a defensive gun use.
OK, yes. Quite what your average concealed carry handgun could do to stop a full grown black bear is anyone’s guess. Not much is the most likely answer. Even so, it’s a whole lot better than nothing. Meanwhile . . .