Mar 11, 2013 7:34 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
Coty Fontenot will do anything to protect his dog Gage, but recently a black bear got the best of Gage, and left him with 56 stitches.
"It's very upsetting, one because I love my dog, and two because I just realized that could have been me or my family that walked outside and spooked that big bear and got us, you know," Coty Fontenot said.
Officials in St. Mary parish say there's been an increase in Black Bear sightings from residents. Fontenot says he'll see up to 4 black bears a night. He says about a month ago the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries brought this bear trap to his house.
"Fish and Wildlife, they've been out here several nights, one night they came out here with a tranquilizer gun, you know trying to get the bears, so they can haul it off. Another night they were here with a taser," Fontenot said.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says that through a grant, it's supplied St. Mary residents with trash cans that can be secured from Black Bears. They say that can help deter bears from homes.