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Bear bites Florida woman in the butt

12:22 PM, Mar 16, 2012   |    comments
A black bear mother and her cub (file photo)
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Longwood, Florida (WKMG) -- A woman walking her dog while taking out the trash was attacked by a bear Friday morning at an apartment complex in Seminole County, officials said.

The 57-year-old woman was bitten on the rear-end in the attack, which occurred at the Camden Club Apartments on Sabal Lake Drive in Longwood.  The area is close to the Wekiva River, near the edge of a state forest that was once bear habitat.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the woman spotted the bear earlier in the evening, so she waited to take out the trash.  After she thought the bear had left, she went outside with her dog, an Akita-German shepherd mix, the FWC said.

Officials said the woman then noticed the bear near a trash bin, and her dog confronted it.  The woman tried to run away but fell and was bitten by the bear, which was with its cub, wildlife officials said.

The woman was taken to Florida Hospital Altamonte but is expected to be OK, officials said.

The FWC said it will set traps for the bear, which could weigh up to 300 pounds.  The bear would be euthanized if it is captured, the FWC said.

Neighbors said bears are often seen roaming the area. FWC described the attack as happening "in the middle of bear world."

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