Officials are searching for a rogue black bear that attacked and seriously injured a woman as she walked her dogs in a gated community in Longwood Fl, approximately a mile from the Wekiva River basin. The attack occurred around 8pm yesterday evening.
According to Seminole County Fire Rescue Lt. Alisa Keyes the woman was rushed to Orlando Medical Center for emergency surgery after calling 911 from a nearby residence. The dogs were able to escape on their own unharmed.
She also reported that bear sightings have been increasing in the area, with neighbors reporting seeing the animals wander through their driveway in yards.
Although bear attacks are relatively rare, being able to read their body language is a good way to avoid becoming an unwanted statistic. The first thing to remember is that bears have a strong sense of their personal space, so NEVER, never approach one. It is best to quietly hold your ground and then back up slowly in the direction you came from as calmly as you can. As you do, remember to keep looking it in the face and do not turn your back on the animal.
It is likely that the animal may actually stand up on its hind legs to get a better look at you, and the same time making huffing and clacking noises to warn you off,.Some may allso lower their heads with their ears drawn back while staring at you, or even swat the ground with its paws to let you know that you are getting too close. In fact, experts have stated that “the noisier the bear is, the less dangerous it is provided you don't approach come any nearer.”
However, if a bear does attack, be sure the protect your head as best you can and “fight back with everything you have.” It is also a good idea to carry pepper spray with you if you find yourself in bear territory, and use it against them if necessary.