Published: Oct 07, 2010 3:37 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 07, 2010 12:37 PM EDT

DELAND, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials are warning against leaving food outdoors after a bear attacked a family's goat in central Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the goat was in a fenced backyard in a rural neighborhood near DeLand Friday morning when it was eaten by the bear. An FWC spokeswoman says although most black bears are vegetarian, it's not uncommon for the animals to eat other animals.

The commission advises residents in rural neighborhoods to put up electric fences and keep garbage inside until shortly before it is collected and secure it firmly.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday that a similar attack happened about a decade ago in Eustis, where a young male bear was thought to have killed a goat and eaten its udders.