COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Remy is an American Mastiff with a big bark. His owner, Vicki Cipri, said he's really just a big baby. But it was because of him that Cipri and her husband found out there were bears on their property.
He's not the type of dog that barks that much, so I went out to see why and to my surprise there was a bear," said Cipri.
The bear wasn't alone. Cipri said there were two cubs with her while they dug through the garbage cans. They were looking for a meal. Cipri's huband snapped these photos. But this wasn't the first time these bears were spotted on Cherry Wood Drive.
"We've heard that the bears have been in the neighborhood for at least 2 or three months."
Cipri wants them removed.
"My concern is that like on that same day if I had gone out my front door and been between her and the cubs, I don't know what she might have done," said Cipri.
Officials with FWC told WINK News moving the bears is a last resort.
"If we see that the bear is no longer has that natural fear of humans or exhibiting some aggressive behavior, at that point we will take the necessary actions to remove the bear from that location," said Public Information Officer, Jorge Pino.
Cipri and her neighbors don't want to wait for that day.
"I think it would be the best thing for them, as well as the safety of the people."