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Florida bear attack: Violent attack against dog walker, 'face covered in blood'

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A Florida bear attack left a 54-year-old woman with a “face covered in blood,” according to a 911 call, following a violent attack against the victim while walking her dogs. The female in question was Susan Chalfant of Longwood, Florida, who was attacked by a wild bear that seemingly lashed out brutally at her, seriously injuring her face, reports UPI.com this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

The Florida bear attack this Monday evening might have left 54-year-old Susan Chalfant dead had neighbors not acted quickly to save the victim of such a scary incident.

"She's pleading for quick, quick help. She's in severe pain," the emergency caller and neighbor said in the 911 phone message.

Chalfant is expected to recover from the aggressive bear assault, though her face “suffered traumatic injuries,” shares the police report. Authorities, however, have not gone into detail about the wounds or any other damage the woman suffered out of respect for the dog walker’s family.

It is believed that the unusually aggressive bear in question is a female black bear. A Fish and Wildlife official did say, however, that this Florida bear attack is highly rare, as bear attacks in and of themselves are uncommon, and the victim simply walking her dogs out on the street made the incident all the more singular.

"Bears are very, very elusive," the source revealed in a statement to CNN. "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."

She went on to add that there were no witnesses present for 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," she said.

Local authorities have found a female yearling bear, but they do not know whether it is the same black bear that attacked the female victim. An investigation is in process.

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