Black Bear Euthanized After Attacking Woman in Central Fla.

By Brandon Launerts
|  Thursday, Dec 5, 2013  |  Updated 2:37 PM EDT
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Authorities have captured and euthanized a 200-pound black bear that officials believe attacked a central Florida woman.

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Authorities have captured and euthanized a 200-pound Florida black bear that officials believe attacked a central Florida woman.

Susan Chalfant, 54, was walking her dogs Monday night when the incident occurred.

Chalfant was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Rescue crews say the woman was bleeding from the head. Her injuries have been described as the worst in state history, according to WESH news.

“Since the incident resulted in serious injuries, we decided to follow the course of an abundance of caution and put the bear down,” said Nick Wiley, Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director. “Because public safety is a top priority we will continue working with the community and our trapping efforts.”

Several bear sightings have also been reported in the area. A yearling bear was trapped on Tuesday night but Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say that bear did not fit the description of the bear involved in the attack. The yearling bear is currently staying at a rehabilitation center and is doing well, officials said.

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