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Florida woman mauled by bear near Longwood

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Florida bears are typically small compared to the brown grizzlies of Montana or Idaho, however that doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous or won’t attack people, and an unfortunate woman from Longwood has found that out the hard way.
An unidentified woman suffered “serious undisclosed injuries” after a black bear attacked her while she walked her dogs in a gated community in Seminole County on Monday. The rare attack occurred around 8:05 p.m. and the woman was hospitalized and underwent emergency surgery after she broke free and made her way to a neighbor’s house seeking help.
The mauled victim was conscious and able to speak however she had suffered serious undisclosed injuries, according to Seminole County Fire Rescue Lt. Alisa Keyes. The woman was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center after the attack where her present condition is unknown, according to a local ABC news report.
The Florida black bear attacked the woman about a mile from the Wekiva River basin, a wooded area known to have a relatively large population of bear.
Despite multiple bear sightings, Keyes told ABC that this was the “first full-fledged attack” by a bear on a human that she's ever heard of in the Florida.
Neighbors reportedly say bear sightings are becoming increasingly common place in the area.

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