2nd bear euthanized in Longwood woman's attack

Woman mauled, possibly bitten while walking dogs

Published On: Dec 09 2013 10:53:41 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 09 2013 07:13:43 PM EST
LONGWOOD, Fla. -

A second bear has been trapped and euthanized in the Longwood neighborhood where a woman was attacked last week, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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FWC said the 200-pound male bear was caught Sunday night and "closely fits the description" of the animal that was involved in the mauling of 54-year-old Susan Chalfant.

Because of the description of the bear, FWC officials said they decided to euthanize it and samples will be sent for testing.

"Public safety remains a top priority. Because the incident resulted in serious injuries, we decided to put the bear down," said Nick Wiley, FWC executive director.

The announcement comes days after FWC euthanized a 200-pound female bear trapped near English Ivy Court.

Chalfant was attacked by a bear while walking two small dogs on the night of Dec. 2. She suffered facial injuries and was hospitalized. Local 6 has learned Chalfant is at home but still recovering from serious facial wounds.

A bear cub that was also captured last week was found to not fit the description of the bear involved in Chalfant's attack and is being housed at a Crystal River rehabilitation center, according to FWC.

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