A Florida bear attack left a 54-year-old woman with traumatic wounds after a female bear injured her late Monday night. The wild animal has since been captured by Florida Fish and Wildlife authorities, and is estimated at this time to weigh just under 100 pounds, Action News Jax confirms this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
The Florida bear attack spurred animal and wildlife officers to devise a trap that ensnared the aggressive female bear in the hopes of possibly capturing any other of the lumbering animals which might be connected with the trapped yearling. Although the bear was found very close to the bear attack site, it has not yet been absolutely confirmed whether the animal is the same one that injured the 54-year-old woman.
Victim Susan Chalfant is saying that she was walking with her dogs in her Longwood, Florida, neighborhood late on Monday when a bear suddenly attacked her, cuffing her across the face. After hearing her scream, several neighbors rushed to her aid and were able to scare the bear off while Chalfant was able to make it to a nearby house.
The 911 caller said that she could barely recognize the 54-year-old woman’s face following the Florida bear attack because it was swamped with blood.
"She's pleading for quick, quick help. She's in severe pain," the caller hurriedly said to the emergency 911 dispatcher.
The victim’s wounds were called “traumatic injuries” by health officials, and Chalfant is currently hospitalized at Orlando Regional Medical Center, a fair distance from the attack site, Markham Woods Road.
Although investigators are planning on looking into the incident and the monitored trap is being implemented to possibly capture more wild bears in the area, officials have said they have not been able to speak with Ms. Chalfant, and do not know the cause or nature of this rare assault.
"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," concluded one source.