News Release: Associated Press News
LONGWOOD, Fla. (AP) -- Wildlife authorities have positively identified a bear that mauled a woman who was walking her dogs earlier this month.
But wildlife authorities said Wednesday that the bear won't be euthanized since she was captured with two of her cubs.
Two other bears were euthanized after being captured in the days after the attack on suspicions that they may have been responsible for the woman's injuries.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say the mother bear and her two cubs will receive temporary care from Busch Gardens in Tampa.
Next spring, the cubs will be released back into the wild after they have been weaned, and the mother will be sent to an accredited facility that cares for bears.