A Florida bear attack has left a woman severely injured. However, authorities are not quite ready to officially call it a "bear attack." For now, authorities are just referring to the unfortunate event as a bear incident, putting out traps and searching for the bear in central Florida, where the incident took place. As for the woman, the incident resulted in severe injuries to her face.
If the animal involved in the Florida bear attack is caught and identified through DNA testing, there is a likelihood that the animal will be euthanized.
Why aren't officials willing to refer to the incident in Florida as a bear attack? CNN reported, "Florida Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Karen Parker said officials aren't ready to call the case a bear ' attack' yet because it's not clear what led up to the incident."
Parker said, "We're calling it a bear incident simply because we simply don't know what happened.… Bears are very, very elusive. They're pretty much more afraid of you than you are of them, and normally when they see a human and they've not been fed and have not been habituated -- they're going to run away. They don't want to encounter us any more than we want to encounter them."
Susan Chalfant, 54 years old, was out for a walk with her dogs in Longwood, Florida, where bears are not an uncommon sight, when the bear attack happened. The victim was able to reach her neighbor's house, and her neighbor called 911 for help.
In the phone call to the 911 dispatcher, Chalfant's neighbor said that the victim thought she was attacked by a bear and told the dispatcher that Chalfant was so bloody that she couldn't tell how old she was, when the dispatcher asked for that information. The woman was hospitalized with injuries sustained in the Florida bear attack..