- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a man and his dog are recovering after being attacked by a black bear in the Florida Panhandle.

Local media outlets report the attack occurred Saturday night.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that a Gulf Breeze man let his dog out into the front yard where it encountered a bear. The dog was injured, and when the man approached, the bear swatted him. The man was hospitalized for a short time, but neither his injuries nor the dog’s injuries were considered life-threatening.

FWC officers are investigating and have started trapping efforts in the area.

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