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Man injured by bear in Daytona Beach while trying to protect dogs

The FWC receives up to 6,000 bear-related calls a year.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A man was injured by a black bear in Daytona Beach Wednesday while trying to protect his dogs, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

The incident happened around 7:30 p.m., FWC says. 

FWC says his injuries were non-life-threatening and his dogs were not injured

FWC's bear biologist and law enforcement attempted to capture the bear, once on scene. If the animal is captured, it will be killed according to FWC policy as it poses a threat to human safety. 

The FWC receives up to 6,000 bear-related calls a year.

While this is the second incident of a bear injuring a person within the last few weeks, bear incidents are extremely rare in Florida, according to officials.

Contact the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) if you feel threatened by a bear, observe a sick, injured, dead or orphaned bear, or to report someone who is either harming bears or intentionally feeding them.