Florida Woman Doesn't Blame Bear For Her Attack

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email
A Florida woman who was attacked by a bear last weekend says she doesn

Source: Ken Drummond

Associated Press News Release
Updated: April 17, 2014, 8:30pm

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida woman who was attacked by a bear last weekend says she doesn't want bears to be killed by wildlife officials for doing what wild animals do.

Terri Frana told Orlando television station WFTV on Wednesday that residents of her Lake Mary neighborhood need to learn to expect the wild bears and understand their danger.

More than a half dozen bears have been killed by wildlife officials since last Saturday's attack. Wildlife officials say the bears pose a danger since they've grown accustomed to eating human food, either from garbage or fed by residents.

Frana says the bear pushed her down, bit her leg and then bit into her skull, trying to drag her into the woods. She escaped and ran inside her house.


Associated Press News Release
Updated: April 16, 2014, 8pm

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) -- Florida wildlife officials are defending the killing of a half dozen bears following a bear attack on a Lake Mary woman.

Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday said they had no choice but to put down the bears instead of relocating them.

They say there was nowhere the bears could go in Florida where they wouldn't risk having contact with humans.

Wildlife officials say the bears have grown accustomed to human food, either from garbage or human feeding.

They say once bears have grown accustomed to human food, they don't grow out of the behavior.

It was unclear whether the bear that attacked 45-year-old Terri Frana on Saturday was one of those killed.


Associated Press News Release

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) -- Florida wildlife officials have killed four bears following an attack on a woman in a suburban subdivision.

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers shot one bear and euthanized three others Sunday night.

Forty-five year-old Terri Frana was attacked by a large bear in her driveway Saturday. Frana's husband said the bear had his wife's head in her mouth and dragged her about 4 feet toward a wooded area.

He said she managed to escape from the bear's jaw, and then ran inside the house, where she collapsed.

She was treated at a hospital and released.

Officials say the bear that was shot was aggressive and didn't react to them as a bear normally would.

Experts say this is the time of the year when bears leave their winter dens.


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