LAKE MARY, Fla. — After a bear mauled a woman in the driveway of her suburban Florida home, dragging her four feet before she escaped, wildlife officials said today that they had killed five of the animals, who had become dangerously accustomed to humans.
It was unclear whether the bear that attacked Terri Frana, 45, on Saturday was one of those killed. DNA and other tests will be done on the five animals — one shot and four euthanized — in an attempt to determine that, officials said.
Frana, 45, said the bear had her head in its mouth and dragged her about 4 feet toward a wooded area.
“She opened her jaw and clamped down onto my head, and I could just hear her teeth marks,” Frana said.
She managed to escape from the bear’s jaw, and then ran inside the house, where she collapsed.
She was treated at a hospital and released.
All five bears were “highly habituated,” Florida Fish and Wildlife officer Greg Workman said during a news conference today. “They had no fear of humans, making them dangerous bears,” he said. “We’re erring on the side of public safety.”
Lake Mary is an upscale community about halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach.