Polk deputy shoots bear attacking resident’s pig

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a black bear that was attacking a pig outside a residence on Saturday morning.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson said the deputy was on patrol when he saw a black bear walking south across SR 60 in Alturas and onto 80 Foot Road, headed toward Wells Road. The deputy contacted the emergency center at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and asked FWC officers to respond to the area, which is rural, but residential.

The deputy then saw the 6-foot tall, 300-pound bear climb a fence and enter property located at 5615 Wells Rd. where there is a pig pen. The bear then began to attack a pig in the pen.

The deputy shot the bear and a round struck the bear in the back. The bear then charged at the deputy. Fearing for his life, the deputy fired two more rounds, killing the bear.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson said the pig survived the attack.

FWC officers responded and took the bear for testing to find out if it was wearing a tracking device.

“There is no such thing as a routine call in law enforcement. I’m proud of this deputy, who saw a potential threat by a wild animal, immediately took action, and placed himself in a position not only to protect human life, but also someone’s livestock. Because he was in the right place at the right time, the bear did not kill or maim anyone or anything,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in a news release.

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