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Bear injures Lake Mary woman; FWC investigating

News Release

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-239-2763

On April 12, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) received a report that Mrs. Terri Frana was injured during an encounter with a bear in the yard of her Lake Mary home. The FWC responded to the scene, and the investigation is ongoing. Our thoughts go out to Mrs. Frana and her family. We hope for her speedy recovery.

Early media reports that Ms. Frana was attacked by several bears are inaccurate. There were several bears observed near the area, but one bear is responsible for her injuries.

The FWC has positioned several traps in the area and is reaching out to residents of this neighborhood to discuss actions they can take to avoid encounters with bears.

Mrs. Frana was treated for her injuries and released from the hospital.

The FWC reminds residents in this area to be aware of their surroundings and always supervise pets and children while outdoors. The FWC relies on residents to report threatening bear behavior. Residents should contact the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) to report any threatening bear activity.

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