5 bears killed after Lake Mary woman attacked - FOX 35 News Orlando

5 bears killed after Lake Mary woman attacked

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Five bears were killed in a Lake Mary neighborhood where a woman was attacked Saturday night.  Officials said four bears were "darted" and then euthanized.  A fifth bear was shot and killed after acting in a aggressive manner towards an officer.

"They displayed abnormal behavior and approached the area and did not leave when they saw us and did not leave when we tried to scare them off," said Greg Workman with Florida Fish and Wildlife.   "We made the decision that it was a dangerous bear."

Workman said one of the bears might have been responsible for the attack on Terri Frana inside the Carisbrooke subdivision at a home on Brackenhurst Place on Saturday night. 

Frana, 45, went out on her back porch to check on her children when she noticed five black bears rummaging through her trash.  Moments later, one of the bears attacked.

"One of the bears stood up, knocked her down and started to maul her," said Frank Frana, the woman's husband. "The bear actually had my wife's head in its mouth and started to drag her towards the woods."

Officials said the mother of four received bite marks to her shoulders, arms and upper thigh. Doctors also placed some 30 staples in her head and 10 stitches to cover up other lacerations.

FWC officials worries unsecured trash will continue to bait the animals.

"The communities have got to work with us to secure these food sources.  Whether its intentionally or unintentionally, they've got to be bear aware and make sure they're securing their trash," said Workman.

Traps will remain out in the Lake Mary neighborhood near the corner of Markham Road and Markham Woods road overnight to see if more bears will come to the area.

Workman said there are several that are known to frequent the area in and around the Wekiva River.  Wildlife officers have seen more than a dozen bears in the area since Saturday, many of which ran away when approached by humans. 

The FWC plans to take DNA swabs of the euthanized bears and match it to samples obtained at the scene of Saturday night's attack to make sure the bear responsible was caught.  Those results will not be verified for another week, officials say.

Any other bears that are caught will either be euthanized or relocated.

 

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