- Associated Press - Thursday, April 26, 2018

LONGWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials have set up traps in a Florida neighborhood where a bear attacked and killed a dog days after critically injuring another dog.

WFTV reports a bear tore through a pool screen on Tuesday and grabbed Russell Nusynowitz’s 15-year-old poodle named Maggie.

Two days earlier, officials say another resident of The Estates at Springs Landing found a bear and two cubs in his garage. Rick Mann tells the news station that the bear attacked his 5-year-old Maltese-Yorkie mix named Reese. The dog suffered seven puncture wounds and a bruised liver and underwent five hours of surgery.

Florida’s black bear population was threatened in the 1970s before rebounding to more than 4,000. Calls to the state’s wildlife agency about bear encounters have increased, especially in central Florida.


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