Only sixteen people have reportedly been injured by black bears in Florida since records have been kept, but there has been a notable spike in bear-related incidents in the last year, especially near the Ocala National Forest, home to the state's largest bear population. In December 2014, an SUV hit a bear near the Everglades, starting a chain-reaction crash that left three people dead. In Franklin County later that month, a bear mauled and dragged a 15-year-old girl off a road. The girl's dog eventually scared it off. Six bears have been trapped in the vicinity since then, including one positively identified as the attacker. More than 30 law enforcement officers in Franklin County, have since been trained to use non-lethal methods of defense against nuisance bears, like bear spray, paintballs, and rubber buckshot, according to the Apalachicola Times.