(SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla.) — Florida wildlife officials have euthanized a bear that “closely fits” the description of one that attacked a woman who was walking her dogs on Monday night.
Some 48 hours after the Longwood, Fla., mother was hospitalized and underwent emergency surgery for her injuries, a 200-pound bear was caught and killed by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
“The trapped female bear closely fits the description of the animal that was involved in [an] incident that injured Susan Chalfant, 54, while she was walking her dogs Monday night,” FWC spokeswoman Karen Parker said in a statement.
Parker told ABC News that the description of the bear was provided by family members who spoke with the victim and that the FWC is still investigating.
“We don’t know positively for sure it’s the same bear,” said Parker. “The only person who was a witness was the woman who was hurt and our investigators still have not been able to speak with her.”
Seminole County Fire Rescue Lt. Alisa Keyes told ABC News the unidentified woman was attacked at 8:05 p.m. Monday, but was able to break free and run to a nearby residence where a neighbor called 911.
She had suffered serious injuries, Keyes said. The woman was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The hospital would not confirm the victim’s current condition, at the request of her family.
The attack took place within about a mile of the Wekiva River basin, which is known as a bear habitat.
“Since the incident resulted in serious injuries, we decided to follow the course of an abundance of caution and put the bear down,” said Nick Wiley, FWC executive director. “Because public safety is a top priority we will continue working with the community and our trapping efforts.”
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