Andrew Meunier tells news outlets he let his dog out of his home about 11 p.m. Tuesday and spotted the 4-foot (1-meter) bear standing next to him when he stepped outside. He told the Collier County Sheriff’s Department the dog ran back inside scared.
Meunier said he struggled to get away and managed to get back through his front door.
A 911 call revealed that Meunier suffered a minor facial laceration from the bear attack. He sought treatment at a local hospital and received 41 stitches.
“I’m just happy to be alive,” Meunier said. “It could’ve been a totally different story.”