Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say they have put down a seventh bear near a Lake Mary neighborhood where a woman was attacked Saturday.
Another black bear has been killed after a Lake Mary woman was attacked over the weekend.
Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission don't know for sure if they've caught the bear that attacked a woman outside her home.
This makes seven bears that have been shot and euthanized since Terri Fana was attacked at her home on Saturday.
Fish and wildlife officials have set up traps and say these bears were very aggressive, and showed no fear of humans.
Everyone wants to know why they have to kill the bears? Why can't they simply be re-located? Greg Workman, an FWC Spokesperson has the answer.
"Regardless if these bears were the ones responsible or not, they're still dangerous bears. If we take this bear and hold it or re-locate it, we've taken a dangerous bear and put it in another area." Said Workman.
FWC officials say the bears have approached them. They had one very close call with a near bear attack on one of their officers.
FWC says this is highly unusual to see this many dangerous bears in an area.
This is a major issue here and they are talking to this neighborhood about bear safety.
The bears were said to be "exhibiting dangerous actions," and were a threat to humans living in and around the Carisbrooke subdivision in Seminole County.
FWC said one bear even charged at an officer, who shot and killed it Sunday.
Wildlife officers stayed parked Monday inside the Carisbrooke neighborhood, where they set up numerous traps to make sure no more bears get too close to residents.
The attack happened Saturday, when Terri Frana said she was walking to her garage and saw five bears going through her garbage.
That was when one of the bears grabbed her, according to Terri's husband, Frank Frana.
"She was able to eventually break away and run back into the house, and she collapsed on the floor," he said. "The bear actually had my wife's head in its mouth and started to drag her to the woods."
Neighbors in the area said it could have been anyone, and we talked to several people, including Debbie Clarke, who said they have also had close calls with bears near their homes.
"Last week I did have an experience where a bear happened to walk out exactly where I was on the bike," said Clarke. "I was very scared, and I just pedaled away from him. Luckily, he didn't chase me."
"Then I was in my garage, and a bear was eating cat food with my cat," Clarke continued. "He didn't hurt my cat."
Wildlife officers said they would conduct DNA tests on the seven bears killed since Sunday to see if any were responsible for the attack on Frana.
Wekiva River Basin State Park: Be on the lookout
Park Rangers from nearby Wekiva River Basin State Park said a large number of bears live in the park and often leave to roam nearby neighborhoods before coming back to the park at night, knowing there is no food for them at the park.
Campers are told not to feed the bears and large, anti-bear metal dumpsters set up surrounding trash bins.
“They have learned how to open because they have a sliding door so we’ve gone a step further and keep a clip on the door,” said Assistant Park Ranger Amy Conyers.
With the recent attack, we spoke to campers at the park. They said they aren’t worried and knowing bears are around is part of the camping experience.
“I don’t want one over here, either, next to my fire pit – I am not making marshmallows and s’mores and cooking burgers for him,” joked Jeff Woods, who is visiting the campgrounds with his wife. “
Rangers say far too often people feed the bears, which eliminates the healthy fear humans and wild animals should have for each other.
“When they have a good natural fear of a human when they see them they run – then they’re safe and you’re safe,” said Woods.
“A lot of times park visitors will ask me ‘where do I go to see the bears?’" Conyers said. "And usually I tell them they’ve already made the first mistake because if they say they want to see a bear they probably won’t.”