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Florida bear attack: Woman's face mauled while out walking dogs

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A Florida bear attack left a woman’s face severely mauled and put the woman in the hospital in serious condition. Susan Chalfant, 54, was walking her dogs when she was taken down by the bear that she didn’t see coming, according to CNN on Dec. 4.

CNN reports this is not being called a bear “attack” officially as of yet, they are calling it a bear “incident.” The woman said she thought it was a bear that attacked her, but authorities don’t know what led to the mauling of this woman.

The authorities of Longwood, Florida have traps set to catch this bear, even if this is not an official bear attack as of yet. Fox News live today said the traps are baited with glazed donuts. Still, the bear hasn't surfaced yet.

Despite her serious injuries, the woman still managed to make her way over to a neighbor for help. The neighbor called 911 and that phone call was released by authorities. The neighbor tells the 911 operator that they need an ambulance for this woman who is badly bleeding. The neighbor then answered the 911 operator’s questions:

"She thinks it was a bear," the neighbor said in the 911 call.
"How old is she?" the dispatched asked.
"I can't tell," the neighbor replied. "She's so bloodied, I can't tell."

The woman is in the hospital today and “resting” authorities report. Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Karen Parker said that authorities are “not ready to call the case a bear attack yet because it is not clear what led up to the attack.”

It is a “bear incident” because they don’t know exactly how this confrontation played out. Parker said that when a bear sees a human, they usually run the other way. The dogs were not injured.

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