Bear attacks man on eve of state hunt

EASTPOINT -- Wildlife officials are investigating after a bear attacked a man outside Eastpoint motel.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials say Charles Griffin was walking near the Sportsman's Lodge Motel and Marina on Friday night when he encountered a bear. He was released after being treated for nonlife-threatening injuries. Wildlife officials are conducting trapping efforts.

The attack comes on the eve of the state's first bear hunt in more than 20 years.

-- Herald wire report