Terrifying moment Florida man is attacked by a BEAR on his porch as he defends his Dachshund: Home owner ‘thought predator was the neighbor’s dog and went to punch it in the face’
- Walter Hickox was in his home on Daytona Beach on Wednesday night
- His home CCTV system filmed a black bear running into Hickox’s home
- Hickox thought the bear was a neighbor’s dog chasing his Dachshund Pepper
- The bear scraped Hickox as the homeowner pushed he animal back outside
This is the terrifying moment a man was attacked by a black bear on his back porch as he rushed to defend his dog.
Walter Hickox was bitten and scratched as he fought off the deadly predator at his home in Daytona Beach in Florida on Wednesday night.
Security camera footage shows Hickox leaping forward to push the black bear outside as it charged in after his 12-year-old Dachshund Pepper.
Walter Hickox fighting off the black bear at his Daytona Beach home in Florida on Wednesday night
Walter Hickox (pictured with his partner Kerry Rubino Hickox) charged towards the bear to protect Kerry and their three dogs
The dogs, Pickles, Pepper, both 12, and five-year-old Piper, pictured here were under threat by the bear
Hilckox suffering bite and scratch marks on his back and shoulder as a result of the attack
He then dragged a bench across to barricade the doorway and prevent the bear from getting to his partner Kerry Rubino Hickox and dogs Pickles and Pepper, both 12, and five-year-old Piper.
In the footage he can be heard yelling to Kerry: ‘Oh my God, I’ve been attacked by a bear.’
Afterwards to WFTV 9, Hickox said: ‘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.’
Kerry later explained that the bear jumped on the porch to attack Pepper, adding: ‘Walt thought it was the neighbor’s dog and went to punch it in the face.
‘How does a bear get so comfortable with people it jumps on a porch to attack?’
She later posted photographs of puncture wounds and slash marks from the bear’s teeth and claws on Hickox back and arms and said he was having to have rabies shots.
It was the second bear attack in the area over the past week, Daytona Beach Police confirmed, after a woman in DeBary attacked while out walking a dog.
Walter Hilcox, pictured, was on his porch in Daytona Beach in Florida on Wednesday, when he was attacked by a black bear that forced its way into his home
Thinking the bear was a neighbor’s dog, Hilcox ran towards it ‘to punch it in the nose’
As he forced the bear out, Hickox dragged a wooden bench across the open doorway to block its return
She spent a night in the hospital recovering from injuries to her face and head after the attack last Thursday.
Hickox told interviewers he was now planning to fit a door on his porch and keep some bear spray nearby.
A friend suggested someone in the locality may have been feeding the bear – contrary to the guidance issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Experts at the FWC said: ‘Bears occur throughout Florida and sometimes visit neighborhoods. If bears can’t find food, they will move on.
‘Feeding bears is illegal. It is dangerous for bears and people.
‘Secure garbage, pet food and birdseed.
‘Secure livestock with electric fences. Be aware of your surroundings and walk dogs on a short leash.’