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DNA test confirms wrong bears killed after Longwood woman attacked

Community angry over killing of two bears not tied to attack on woman.
Community angry over killing of two bears not tied to attack on woman.
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Updated: 12/19/2013 7:13 am
LONGWOOD, Fla. (WFTV) -- Florida Fish and Wildlife officers said tests confirm they captured the bear responsible for attacking a Seminole County woman.

Officers recently killed two other bears they caught nearby, a move that outraged the community.

The mother bear and her two cubs will be taken to Busch Gardens and won't be euthanized.

Officers said they picked them up from the area a week after the woman was attacked.

Susan Chalfant was walking her dogs when she was attacked by the bear in a Longwood neighborhood on Dec. 2.

The mother bear and her cubs have spent the last week in Sorrento, under the watchful eyes of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

DNA tests confirmed the mother bear is the one that attacked a woman.

However, before the DNA test results came back, FWC officers had already euthanized two other black bears they found in the same area.

That outraged some residents. One woman took to the web to launch a petition that has more than 2,000 signatures.

WFTV asked officers about a week ago why those other bears were euthanized before they got the test results back.

"Well, the bear fit the description of the area where the incident happened," said FWC Officer Lenny Salberg.

Until the spring, the three bears will be living at Busch Gardens. Then, the cubs will be released into the wild and the mother will be taken to another facility.
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LO61903 - 12/19/2013 12:53 PM
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"The mother will be taken to another facility" No, they will just kill her too after the all the publicity dies down. Too bad they couldn't be bothered to do their job and wait for the DNA tests to come back before they killed the first two innocent bears.
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