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After attack, wildlife officials kill 5 bears in Florida

LAKE MARY — After a bear mauled a woman in the driveway of her suburban Central Florida home, wildlife officials said Monday that they had killed five of the animals, who have become dangerously accustomed to humans.

It was unclear whether the bear that attacked Terri Frana, 45, on Saturday was one of those killed. DNA and other tests will be done on the five animals — one shot and four euthanized — in an attempt to determine that, officials said.

Frana, 45, said the bear had her head in its mouth and dragged her about 4 feet toward a wooded area.

"She opened her jaw and clamped down onto my head, and I could just hear her teeth marks," Frana told WFTV-TV.

Frana escaped and ran into her house, where she collapsed. She was treated at a hospital and released.

All five bears were "highly habituated," Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Greg Workman said at a news conference Monday. "They had no fear of humans, making them dangerous bears."

Lake Mary is about halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach. Workman called the area "prime bear country."

"We're going to be out here until we feel that the area is safe from these bears," he said.

In December, a woman was attacked by bears while walking her dogs in Longwood, about 5 miles from Lake Mary. She was hospitalized with facial injuries.

Experts say this is the time of the year when bears leave their winter dens.

After attack, wildlife officials kill 5 bears in Florida 04/14/14 [Last modified: Monday, April 14, 2014 9:49pm]
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