LONGWOOD, Fla. – A woman walking her dog while taking out the trash was attacked by a bear at a Seminole County apartment complex, officials say.
Terri Gurley, 57, was bitten on the rear-end in the attack, which occurred at the Camden Club Apartments on Sabal Lake Drive in Longwood. The area is close to the Wekiva River, near the edge of a state forest that was once bear habitat.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Gurley spotted the bear earlier in the evening, so she waited to take out the trash. After she thought the bear had left, Gurley went outside with her dog, an Akita-German shepherd mix, the FWC said.
Officials said Gurley then noticed the bear near a trash bin, and her dog confronted the animal. Gurley tried to run away but fell and was bitten by the bear, which was with its cub, wildlife officials said. Gurley told Local that 6 she rolled over facedown to protect herself after she fell.
Gurley was taken to Florida Hospital Altamonte and was later released.
The FWC said it will set traps for the bear, which could weigh up to 300 pounds. The bear would be euthanized if it is captured, the FWC said.
Neighbors said bears are often seen roaming the area. A mailman took a picture of a bear recently spotted in the area, but it's not known if it's the one that was involved in the attack.