Monday, April 14, 2014

Florida: Black Bear Attack Results in Lake Mary Resident Getting 40 Stitches in Her Head, See Links

According to, Terry Frana, 45, of Lake Mary, who sustained a Black bear attack on April 12, whereby she was dragged from her garage to the driveway.

The bear attack was life-threatening and potentially could have claimed Ms. Frana's life.

According to sheriff's deputies, the victim was attacked by a bear that went searching for food in her garbage cans Saturday evening. 

Terri Frana also added that about five bears of different sizes were sniffing through garbage cans when she walked into her garage.  

COMMENT: The initial news reports saying that Ms. Frana was attacked by several bears was not correct, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Greg Workman.

Seminole County Sheriff's Lt. Pete Brenenstuhl said that the bear dragged Ms. Frana from the inside of her garage to the driveway. 

After calling 9-1-1, Frana was rushed to a local hospital wherein she was treated for bear bites and cuts in her body, including 40 stitches in her head. 

In addition to the Black bear attack in Lake Mary, FL, wildlife officials have warned residents that black bears and their cubs have started moving around looking for food following winter.  

A statement was also released regarding the use of bear-resistant trash cans to prevent further related incidents.

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