LAKE MARY, Fla. - Florida wildlife officials are testing the DNA of four bears killed over the weekend after a woman was attacked in the garage of her Central Florida home.
Terri Frana was attacked and injured Saturday night at her home on Brackenhurst Place in the Carisbrooke subdivision, which backs up to the Wekiva Wildlife preserve.
She received 30 staples to her head and 10 stitches after she says a 200-pound bear mauled her.
"We've got claw marks, blood marks, a lot of evidence right there that we should be able to match to this bear," said FWC Officer Lenny Salberg.
Sunday evening, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer shot a bear after they say it showed dangerous behavior toward officers at the scene. The FWC says the bear approached biologists at close range and showed no fear even after an officer yelled at it. Because of its behavior, the officer determined that the bear was dangerous.
Wildlife officials say other bears appear to be accustomed to people in the area, including three that were captured and put down.
The FWC says officers spotted two other bears in the area that ran away at the sight of humans. This is typical wild bear behavior and no action was necessary with those bears, officials said.
The FWC on Monday will continue to check traps in the area and warning families nearby.
Wildlife officials expect to release an update on their efforts at 10 a.m. Monday.
The FWC also reminded residents to be aware of their surroundings and always supervise pets and children while outdoors. Residents should contact the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC to report any threatening bear activity.
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