A Florida bear attacked resulted in a woman from Lake Mary named Terri Frana being mauled and dragged out of her own home.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the first reports of the Florida bear attack claimed up to five bears were involved in the vicious mauling. But the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission can only confirm that one bear was involved in the actual attack, although the victim says she saw five bears eating trash pulled from the garage. Seminole County Sheriff’s Office believe it is possible there was at least one mama bear and several cubs since the bears were said to be of various sizes, indicating different levels of maturity.
Whether five bears, or just one, Terri’s husband Frank says the Florida bear attack was still vicious regardless of the numbers involved:
“The bear got up on [its] hind legs and started to maul her, opened its jaws and put her head in the mouth and dragged her towards the woods. Somehow she was able to pull herself out.”
Fortunately, Terri’s family was able to quickly call 911 and she was treated at a local hospital for at least three bear bites and several cuts requiring stitches. Just the injuries to her head alone required about 40 stitches. She has already been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
Still, the Florida bear attack has neighbors wary of wondering around their neighborhood. For example, Argun Valay was surprised the mauling took place at all:
“I am really surprised. I didn’t think a bear would really attack anybody. I am a little concerned because I don’t live that far away from here. I am pretty nervous now and kind of afraid.”
In the past, we also wrote an article on how to survive a Florida bear attack if you’re unlucky enough to be confronted:
“If you do walk at night make sure to have a flashlight, and if you’re especially worried, stores like Walmart sell bear spray and noise makers. Also, take a buddy along on your night walks.
And this ‘buddy’ shouldn’t just be your dogs. Bears consider them mortal enemies, and they will likely defend themselves against aggressive canines, which will just escalate the situation.
Now if you happen to spot a bear from afar, move away quickly. If you’re spotted and it goes up on hind legs, this isn’t necessarily an aggressive posture. Stand your ground and speak to it in a firm voice. Start to back off slowly, and if it advances, shout at it, raise your arms, and make yourself appear formidable even though you’re quivering in your boots.
But don’t play dead! The only time that strategy is recommended is if a startled bear has already pounced on you. In that case, if you play dead the bear ‘might’ consider the threat to be gone and run away. But if the bear continues to attack the only option is to fight back. Running away isn’t really an option since it would consider you prey.”
Are you concerned about another Florida bear attack?