Florida man injured fighting off bear to protect wife and dogs

Earlier this week, Walter Hickox was injured by a bear that was attempting to enter his Daytona Beach, Florida, property through the porch.

Walter Hickox's Ring camera filmed him pushing a bear out of his front porch after it climbed through the door.

Walter Hickox’s Ring camera filmed him pushing a bear out of his front porch after it climbed through the door. (WalterHickox.com via ViralHog)

The entire scene was captured by a Ring camera.

In the video, Hickox can be seen standing near the camera when a bear suddenly climbs through the door. The shocked man quickly jumps into action and starts pushing the bear back out the door.

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After pushing the bear back outside, Hickox pushed a bench in front of the door to keep the animal out.

After pushing the bear back outside, Hickox pushed a bench in front of the door to keep the animal out. (WalterHickox.com via ViralHog)

The animal briefly starts to climb over Hickox’s back and appears to take a few swipes at the man. After finally pushing the bear outside, Hickox quickly grabs a nearby bench and pulls it in front of the door.

He then runs into the house. During the incident, Hickox’s dogs are visible on the porch.

 Hickox, of Daytona Beach, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

 Hickox, of Daytona Beach, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. (Walter Hickox bear attack 2ViralHog)

He spoke with local news outlet WFTV, saying, “Not a lot went through my head at the moment, other than what’s going to happen if he gets past me and into the house where the rest of my dogs and my wife was at.”

The Florida FWC (Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) issued a news release about the incident, writing that officers responded to reports that a man had been injured by a bear in Daytona Beach. Fortunately, the report states that the man received non-life threatening injuries. Also, his dogs were not injured in the incident.

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The FWC also reported that officers are searching for the bear. Since the bear poses a threat to human safety, if it is caught it will be humanely killed.

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