GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla. - Florida Fish and Wildlife officials arrested a man for killing a protected black bear on 18th Ave. SW.
FWC Officers say 25-year-old Ryan Toranzo chased the 420lb. animal because it got into a fight with his dog on Tuesday night. Toranzo allegedly ran over the bear numerous times with his pickup truck and shot at it.
Toranzo's neighbor, Angel Gonzales says he saw Toranzo drive up on his front lawn.
"I thought he was coming straight to my house so I called the cops," says Gonzales.
Biologists are still trying to figure out if the bear died from being run over or from the gunshots. Toranzo's wife who says he was worried the bear would attack his children. But, Gonzales says he sees the black bear every day and has never had a problem with it.
"When I'd come out and see the bear he'd run away," said Gonzales. "The bear did nothing wrong at my house."
Biologists say a bear has never attacked a human in Florida.
Toranzo has posted a $6 thousand bond. He's charged with killing a threatened species and animal cruelty. They're both 3rd degree felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5 thousand fine.