December 05, 2013
Black Bear Mauls Florida Woman—Worst Attack In State History
By Ben Romans
On Monday, a large black bear mauled a 54-year-old Florida woman as she was walking her dog. Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) officers are calling it one of the worst bear attacks on a human in the state's history.
According to a local report, no one witnessed the attack, and the victim is in the hospital and hasn't been able to talk to investigators. It's believed the victim, Susan Chalfant, was walking her dog through a residential area when the bear attacked her. Covered in blood, she ran to a nearby house for help and someone called 911.
Chalfant remains in the hospital with traumatic injuries. FWC officials said these types of encounters are rare and they don't know what prompted the bear to attack. They were able to trap a smaller bear in the vicinity, but told ABC affiliate WFTV it's likely not the same one that injured Chalfant and need to complete more tests before making any final conclusions.
The story also says bear sightings and encounters in Chalfant's neighborhood and other central Florida communities where bear populations are high have increased in recent years, and neighbors feared it was a matter of time before an attack occurred.