Black bear killed after attacking woman in Central Florida, FWC says

DEBARY, Fla. — A DeBary woman is recovering after she was hurt in a bear attack Thursday night, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

FWC said they responded along with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office around 9 p.m. after reports of the attack.

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A woman was found injured, and an adult female black bear with yearlings was found in a tree nearby, FWC said.

Officials said FWC biologists shot the adult bear in the tree with a dart, and humanely killed it per FWC policy to protect public safety.

FWC said the 100-pound yearlings are old enough to survive on their own, so no attempt was made to capture them.

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The woman was treated for injuries not considered to be life-threatening.

FWC said anyone who feels threatened by a bear; sees a sick, injured, dead or orphaned bear; or needs to report someone who is either harming bears or intentionally feeding them can call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

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