Florida man shoots 500-pound black bear in his house

Victor Peters estimated that the bear that broke into his home weighed 400 to 500 pounds.
By Fred Lambert  |  Oct. 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM
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LADY LAKE, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A Florida man shot and killed a black bear Wednesday night after the animal broke into his home for a second time to eat from a bag of dog food.

Victor Peters, 64, at first thought that his house had been burglarized after dicovering a large hole in his windows and wall Wednesday morning. Half of a 35-pound bag of dog food was the only thing missing.

By 8:30 p.m. the culprit returned; Peters looked outside a window and saw a black bear approaching the hole, which he had not patched.

"I've seen a lot of black bear. I hunt," Peters told the Orlando Sentinel. "I've never seen one this big."

He estimated the bear's size at 400 or 500 pounds.

After failing to scare the bear away, Peters shot the animal in the head with a hunting rifle when it came back inside his house and bore its teeth.

Greg Workman, spokesman for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, told the Sentinel that the scene was a "mess."

The organization is investigating the incident, but Workman said "it sounds like [Peters] did what he should have done."

Black bears are known to be opportunistic eaters, scavenging food food in the fall months in preparation for winter hybernation.

Earlier this month, a California man who died of a heart attack was partially eaten by a black bear that happened upon his corpse.

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