Published: Sep 28, 2010 3:32 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 27, 2010 11:16 PM EDT

GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla. - A shocking find outside a Golden Gate Estates home. Residents found a black bear lying motionless in a pond.

The veterinarian that worked on the nearly 300 pound bear says he suffered a puncture wound to his lung and several broken ribs.

The injuries were originally thought to come from a gun shot. However, after a closer look, Dr. Jeff Noble believes the bear was struck by a car or truck.

It took nearly three hours on the operating table to close up the wounds, but the bear is not out of the woods yet. His biggest challenge over the next few days will be infection and waking up to a caged environment.

The bear is recuperating at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.