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 Monday that they had killed five of the animals, which 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 four feet toward a wooded area.
"She opened her jaw and clamped down onto my head, and I could just hear her teeth marks," Frana told WFTV-TV.
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 Monday. "They had no fear of humans, making them dangerous bears. We're erring on the side of public safety."
Lake Mary is an upscale community about halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach. Workman called that area "prime bear country."
In December, a woman was attacked by bears while walking her dogs in Longwood, about five miles from Lake Mary. She suffered facial injuries and was hospitalized.