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Authorities Say Bear Attacked Central Florida Man

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File photo of a black bear. (photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images))

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SORRENTO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a central Florida man is recovering after being attacked by a bear in his yard.

According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Josh Hennessey was treated at a hospital for minor injuries after the attack Thursday night outside his Sorrento mobile home.

Hennessey says he was sitting on his porch when he heard rustling in some nearby bushes. He says that when he went to investigate, the bear jumped out and attacked him. He says the bear bit him and tried to drag him into the street.

Hennessey was able to fend off the bear. He suffered cuts and scrapes to his elbow, knee and hand.

State wildlife officials have set traps for the bear. Neighbors say they’re aware of several bears in the area.

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