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Black bear kills dog in Highlands County

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LAKE PLACID, FL (WFLA) -

A black bear killed a dog on Wednesday morning in Lake Placid, The Florida Fish and Wild Life Commission said on Thursday.

FWC Spokesman Gary Morse said the bear was going through the trash at 310 Marshall Ave at about 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning when a Chihuahua ran out of the house and began barking at the bear. 

Morse said the bear at some point chased the dog into some nearby woods. The dog's owner later found the dog's remains in the woods.

Morse said there has been a recent uptick in bear sightings in the neighborhood where the dog was killed in Highlands County.  He said the FWC believes that bears have had access to food, bird seed and possibly pet food in the neighborhood.

Morse says FWC officers will be canvassing the neighborhood educating residents on how to prevent run-ins with bears. He also says the FWC will lend the family who lost their dog a bear resistant garbage can for 30 days.

The FWC says they are trying to trap the bear, but will be challenged to identify the correct bear since there have been sightings of multiple bears in the neighborhood.

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