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.