A black bear mauled a Florida woman outside her home near Orlando Saturday evening. During the subsequent investigation in Seminole County, Fla., officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have shot one bear and euthanized five others, the agency announced in various press releases.
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Forty-five-year-old Terri Frana was sitting on the back porch of her home around 7:30 p.m. Saturday when her two youngest children asked to visit the neighbors. Shortly after the kids departed on bikes two bears scurried from behind the house toward the street. Frana followed them and discovered five bears on the driveway, rummaging through trash they had dragged from the open garage, according to her husband. Although Frana proceeded down the driveway to look for her children, she didn’t make it far. One black bear charged and knocked Frana to the ground as she turned to flee. Frana curled into a ball and played dead, but the bear continued to maul her.
“The bear actually had my wife’s head in its mouth and started to drag her towards the woods,” Frank Frana told WFTV.
When the bear finally released her, Frana ran toward the house and collapsed inside. Her oldest son discovered her and called 911. The victim sustained head wounds requiring 30 staples and 10 stitches but is otherwise “fine” according to her husband.