A Florida bear attack left a woman seriously injured on Monday. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife officers, the woman was attacked by a female yearling bear while she was out walking her dogs. The bear believed to be involved in the attack has been captured, ActionNewsJax reported today. Although the animal is said to weigh only 75 to 100 pounds, wildlife officials said that the bear nearly killed the woman.
The Florida bear attack has prompted officers to search for other bears that could be in the area. As of the time of this report, the bear remains in the trap because officers said they are monitoring it to see if any other bears are associated with the yearling.
Officers still aren't entirely sure if the trapped animal is the one from the bear attack that occurred on Monday.
The Florida bear attack victim was identified as 54-year-old Susan Chalfant. Immediately after she was attacked by the black bear she ran to a neighbor's house to seek help.
The neighbor who called 911 to report the Florida bear attack described Chalfant's face as being completely covered in blood.
"She's pleading for quick, quick help. She's in severe pain," the caller told the 911 dispatcher.
The violent Florida bear attack left the woman with serious injuries and she is currently hospitalized at an Orlando hospital.
The bear attack happened near Markham Woods Road which is an area known for frequent bear sightings. Officials said bear attacks in the area are rare and it is still unclear as to what could have triggered the bear to maul the woman.
The condition of the woman was not immediately made available and investigators have not yet been able to talk to her to gather more details surrounding the Florida bear attack.
"There were no witnesses to the attack, and we have not been able to speak to (the victim) yet, so we don't know exactly what happened," said Karen Parker of FWC.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the first documented unprovoked Florida bear attack in FWC's history happened in March of last year.