A Florida woman got quite the Halloween fright when she was chased by a bear, and it wasn’t just someone in costume.
But Millie Thompson, of Naples, was able to get to safety after a neighbor came to her aid.
“I just stood there and just panicked. Where am I going to go?” Thompson told NBC 2 News. The bear “wasn’t just strolling or looking. It was running.
“I didn’t know if I could make it or what, and I just took my hands like this and I said, ‘Dear God, what now?'” she added, gesturing with her hands on the sides of her face.
That’s when a neighbor pulled up in his car and told her to get in. As Thompson reached safety, the bear then retreated into the woods.
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Thompson said her Indigo Parks neighborhood in Naples has had run-ins with bears before, including a neighbor’s near-encounter with a black bear two weeks ago.
“We have a bear problem,” she said. “They’re not afraid of us.”
Thompson said she’s most concerned about the children in the neighborhood.
“It could’ve been a child doing that same thing,” she said, referring to being chased by a bear.