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Bear that mauled woman identified, 2 other bears killed in this search

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A spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife says DNA tests prove a mother bear captured Dec. 9 is the same bear that attacked a woman while walking her dogs on Dec. 2.

That bear is now at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., and it will later be moved to another facility.
   
Florida Fish and Wildlife did trap and put down two other male bears that they thought might be responsible for the attack. Area residents are outraged.

"There is no sense in this. They should stop what they're doing, trap them, cage them, quarantine them, figure out if this is the one or not and then put them down. You don't just put down every bear you've caught.

After Fish and Wildlife officials euthanized the second bear, they said they will put down any bear in the Longwood neighborhood that fits the description of the bear that attacked the woman in early December.

"If there's a bear in that area that's caught in those traps around that neighborhood, and if it fits the description of the bear we're looking for, we will euthanize them," Wildlife authorities said.

A woman was attacked by a bear while walking her two dogs in Longwood on Dec. 2.

It happened on English Ivy Court in the Wing Haven North community.

According to a Seminole County spokesperson, the victim ran to a neighbor's house and called 911.  Officials say the woman suffered "serious injuries."


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