Cub captured in hunt for bear that attacked woman in Longwood

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:43:50 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 04 2013 05:57:34 PM EST

After Florida Fish and Wildlife officers set up three traps in hopes of catching a bear that attacked a Longwood woman, the neighborhood remains on edge.


Wildlife officials Tuesday night captured a bear cub in a trap set for an adult bear that attacked a woman in Longwood.

[LISTEN:  911 call reporting bear attack | PICS: Cub trapped]

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers said they found the female cub in one of three traps set near English Ivy Court, where 54-year-old Susan Chalfant was mauled and possibly bitten Monday night while she was walking two small dogs.

The cub was described as 75 to 100 pounds, and wildlife officials said the animal will remain in the trap to see if any other bears are associated with the yearling.

Chalfant was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with serious facial injuries and remains hospitalized.

According to officials, Chalfant was walking two small dogs around 8 p.m. Monday in the 2600 block of English Ivy Court near Markham Woods Road when the bear attacked her before running away.

Chalfant was helped by neighbors and 911 was called, officials said.

"A woman has been mauled by a bear," the neighbor said on the call, adding that Chalfant was bleeding from her head.

"We believe she was bitten," said FWC spokeswoman Karen Parker, who added that they only have preliminary information about the incident and have not spoken with Chalfant.

The dogs were not harmed, officials said.

The FWC said it fielded 707 bear reports last year for the Ocala region, which includes Seminole County. 

For more information about Florida black bears and how to deal with them, visit the FWC website.

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