A Florida woman who was mauled by a bear as she was walking her dogs on Monday night in Longwood is expected to survive the attack.
The woman, whose name wasn't publicly released, was identified as being about 54-years old. She was attacked around 8 p.m. on Monday in a gated community in Longwood, the Bradenton Herald reported.
She was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with facial injuries and heavy bleeding. The newspaper said that bear sightings are frequent in Longwood, but only one percent of those sightings involve a bear threatening a person.
“Two weeks ago I saw one go right across my driveway, into my neighbor’s yard. I watched it. Swear to God. Watched it go through a trash can and then walk out in the woods,” a neighbor told ABC News.
It’s even rarer for a bear to attack someone, according to Lt. Alisa Keyes of Seminole County Fire Rescue. The agency said if the woman’s version of events is accurate, it would be one of the first times a bear attacked somebody without being provoked.
Authorities were still searching for the bear and believe the animal may have retreated to a nearby wooded area, according to Orlando Fox affiliate WOFL.
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission set up a trap in the area on Monday night in hopes of catching the bear responsible for the attack. Officials have been checking on the track every hour.