Woman Survives Bear Attack in Central Florida

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A bear attacked a woman in Longwood, Fla., on Monday, but she is expected to recover from the injuries she sustained in the attack, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Florida Woman Narrowly Escapes Bear Attack

Susan Chalfant, 54, was out walking her dogs Monday night when a black bear attacked her. Chalfant suffered severe injuries to her face and head, but she escaped the bear and ran to a neighbor's house for help. She was brought to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Chalfant's dogs were unharmed.

Bear sightings are common in the area where the attack occurred. The bears live only a mile away, in the Wekiva River Buffer Conservation Area. Bear complaints in Florida more than doubled to 6,189 between 2007 and 2012 according to a recent analysis of a state wildlife database.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is continuing to search for the bear that attacked Chalfant and say they will keep looking until the bear is trapped.


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The video says "bear sightings are popular in this area", really? Don't you actually mean common or frequent? It seems to me that the writers and editors for the Morning Rush talking head have failed once again.

December 04 2013 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The article is incorrect . I live in this zip code and in Longwood. We run across deer and bears all the time. We have had at least two other attacks in the last couple years. One of those attacks was another woman walking a dog. She was bit. If a bear is with her cub she will attack if startled. They seem to attack more when a dog is involved. The nght before last, my husband and I ran into two bears near the same area as above. Ones that attack people are killed as they have lost their fear of people. Less dangerous ones are transported to Ocala National Forest. They sometimes work their way back . The areas they are roaming in are suburban neighborhoods-not far out of the city. The bears will get into garbage containers if the cans not bear proof. They also will get into garages if left open . They get into garage fridges and help themselves to food and a beer-no kidding. They follow the river from where they live into the neighborhoods. The river runs thru some of these neighborhoods. This time of year the bear are numerous as they are fattening up for the winter months- yes, it can get cold here for a couple months. Food becomes less abundant. Also, Longwood is a suburban city of Orlando. Orlando has a young populaition. These neighborhoods are full of young families with children not 'old people"a someone said above

December 03 2013 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


December 03 2013 at 4:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ciece And who took the territories from the Indians?

December 03 2013 at 4:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is it possible she got between a mother and it cub?

December 03 2013 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did the bear have a hunting license? He probably is just taking from the example of humans. Go to THEIR home and kill 'em when their just trying to live.

December 03 2013 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey nacufs. Exterminate who, the bears or the elderly.

December 03 2013 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to robtalex's comment

54 is not elderly. signed 56

December 03 2013 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to karennivens's comment

My back just objected to my comment. Has there been a lot of building in the area or have they gotten closer from storms? I'm glad the lady is safe as well as her dogs. Do bears get rabies?

December 03 2013 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

Well put. Also the black bear is native to Florida. Unfortunately, continued human encroachment on the bears' natural habitat will lead to more of these incidents.

December 03 2013 at 4:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bears have no business in Florida where there are so many elderly retired people. The final solution to this problem is, obviously, to exterminate them in the state.

December 03 2013 at 3:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to nacufs's comment

Well, in most parts of Florida but they can roam the Everglades, etc. but other areas should be cleared(remove or exterminate) of them and mountain lions, alligators and other serious threats to humans.

December 03 2013 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The bears were in Florida before people.

December 03 2013 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Woman attacked by animal in a Florida gated community: Sounds like George Zimmerman is "standing his ground" once again!

December 03 2013 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

RUN like hell, bear. Hope and pray the bear evades the vigilante squad. Of course I hope the woman recuperates quickly and as comfortably as possible, and educates others to stay in their gated communities and leave the bears some territory of their own.

December 03 2013 at 3:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to StillDezzin's comment

I surely hope that the woman recovers and that the bear is shot soon. She was in human territory which the bear entered(unknowingly, of course), but this is why their population must be controlled(reduced). Animals have plenty of wild territory and are gaining more at human expense due in part to Agenda 21 and the "Wilding of America".

December 03 2013 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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