7th Bear–Including An Adult Female Bear–Killed After Woman Bitten in Florida

Photo Copyright Jim Robertson

Photo Copyright Jim Robertson

[Never mind that the subdivision backs up against a wildlife sanctuary. When a non-human animal dares to threaten a human, it’s not just an eye for an eye, but SEVEN pairs of eyes for an injury.]


7th bear killed after woman attacked in Lake Mary garage

Author: Sheli Muniz, Reporter, smuniz@wkmg.com

Apr 14 2014


Florida wildlife officials said on Tuesday they killed a seventh bear, an adult female bear, hours after announcing the capturing and euthanization of a 250-pound male bear overnight.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials didn’t say that they have identified the bear that attacked Terri Frana Saturday night at her home at 1900 Brackenhurst Place in the Carisbrooke subdivision, which backs up to the Wekiva Wildlife preserve.

She received 30 staples and 10 stitches in her head after a 200-pound bear mauled her.

Authorities on Tuesday also released the 911 calls from the attack on Frana.

“She came in screaming, she said a bear attacked her,” the caller told dispatchers.

FWC said although they are testing the bears for DNA, the tests may come back inconclusive and they may never find the exact bear that attacked Frana.

FWC said that the seven bears appeared dangerous and threatening and didn’t appear to be afraid of humans.

FWC said as with the other bears, the FWC removed the bear from the neighborhood and it showed signs of being highly habituated to people.

“We yelled at him, clapped our hands at them, and yelled bad bear- they kept approaching us,” said Greg Workman of Florida Fish and Wildlife.

Sunday evening, an FWC officer shot a bear after they say it showed dangerous behavior toward officers at the scene.  The FWC says the bear approached biologists at close range and showed no fear even after an officer yelled at it. Because of its behavior, the officer determined that the bear was dangerous.

Wildlife officials say other bears appear to be accustomed to people in the area, including four that were captured and put down. The fifth bear was captured Monday morning.

The FWC says officers spotted two other bears in the area that ran away at the sight of humans. This is typical wild bear behavior and no action was necessary with those bears, officials said.

“The fact that we have come across so many bears with so little fear of humans indicates that these bears are highly habituated and are regularly receiving food from people,” said Dave Telesco, the FWC’s Bear Program coordinator. “Our staff is dedicated to wildlife conservation. Having to put down these bears is a very difficult decision, but it’s the right decision to ensure public safety. Unfortunately, the saying is true: ‘a fed bear is a dead bear.’”

Frana’s husband, Frank Frana, said his wife suffered bite wounds to her head, arms, shoulder and upper thigh and had lacerations all over her body.

“But she’s fine,” Frank Frana said.  “She’s still pretty traumatized from it all, but it’s unbelievable she’s fine.”

Frank Frana said his wife encountered the bears, which had pulled some trash cans out of the family’s garage, while she was checking on her children, who were playing at a neighbor’s home.

He said there were five bears rummaging through the trash when one of them stood up and attacked her.

“(My wife) was able to eventually break away and run into the house.  She collapsed on the floor and my oldest son … called 911,” Frank Frana said.  “It was a close call.”

The FWC on Monday will continue to check traps in the area and warning families nearby.

FWC said if you encounter a bear at close range speak to the bear in a calm, assertive voice while backing up slowly toward a secure area. Be sure you are leaving the bear a clear escape route. Stop and hold your ground if your movement away seems to irritate instead of calm the bear. Do not run or play dead. If a black bear attacks you, fight back aggressively.

The FWC also reminded residents to be aware of their surroundings and always supervise pets and children while outdoors.  Residents should contact the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC to report any threatening bear activity.

15 thoughts on “7th Bear–Including An Adult Female Bear–Killed After Woman Bitten in Florida

  1. Sounds like they need a “bear awareness” educational program in that area for humans…..
    7 dead bears…WTF?

  2. And they need a much more aggressive program to stop people from feeding wildlife. Including making garbage inaccessible.

  3. What a bunch of morons. This boils my blood. I hope those idiots get educated about feeding bears. Seven dead bears. Shameful hardly covers it. And once again we are hearing about “euthanasia.” Are these bears ill? Needing to be put out of their misery?

  4. This issue is a human problem, not a bear problem. Perhaps we should just quit feeding these stupid humans. Florida’s environment is a disaster, just as other areas are now, and the poor wild animals have had their once-natural habitat taken over by over-populated humans. Many native animals are now finding it difficult to live their lives, and to find food. What a terrible blight upon this planet we humans are.

  5. One more thought: Yes, every once in awhile, an wild animal kills or injuries a human, but compared to the million upon millions of wildlife that are slaughtered by humans, there is no comparison. How many beautiful bears are hunted, trapped, hit by cars, lose their precious habitat, kept in captivity because of Homo sapiens?

    • Stupid people who feed bears should be fined and face prison time. An animal should not have to pay the ultimate cost for human stupidity. If you are in a forest area it is your responsibility to respect a wild creatures habitat….

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  7. I have my suspicions that this could be yet another piece of bullshit propaganda.from the hunters.

    For example, if we listen to the media, we would believe that sharks are responsible for many human deaths. The truth is something else. About 12 people a year are killed by sharks compared to the number of sharks killed by people of 12,000 per hour, which is around 100 million a year. They are not actually killed straight away, as to get around the law, the Chinese just cut out their fin along with a chunk of flesh. The sharks are then unable to swim and die within a few hours or days from loss of blood.

    The same with bears which according to this Wikipedia article are responsible for only about four fatal attacks a year: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_bear_attacks_in_North_America

    The problem is as I see it is that as most – if not all – of the hunters are psychopathic, it seems to me they lie just about all the time. They seem to be just about mostly compulsive liars and the animals can’t speak up for themselves, so they get away with far too much because we judge them by our own standards when we ought not to do that, as the hunters have another set of standards entirely.

    I have more evidence and information and more ideas about hunters propaganda and I think it would make an excellent article. I am not really a writer though and I do struggle, but if you were interested in writing an article, I am sure it would be of great help to the animals.


    • Thanks Alice, I talk about in the chapter on bears (entitled, “Bears less scary than ursaphobic Elmers”) in my book, Exposing the Big Game: Living Targets of a Dying Sport, which is meant to counter the pervasive hunter propaganda you mentioned.

  8. Mandatory bear proof trash containers are needed. Disgusting negligence on the part of the residents. Woman was careless and innocent bears are dying as a result.

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