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Florida woman survives bear mauling

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 01:23

April 14 - A Florida woman is recovering at home, after a bear clamped its jaw on her head and tried to drag her away from her house on Saturday. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Officials are on the lookout for aggressive bears in Florida's Lake Mary neighborhood. A woman is lucky to be alive after a bear clamped its jaw on her head and tried to drag her away from her house. She's recovering at home, after receiving 30 staples in her head… (SOUNDBITE) (English) HUSBAND FRANK FRANA, SAYING: "Ten stitches and several lacerations all over her body. Claw marks on the back." That's Frank Frana, who says his wife Terri is doing "ok" She was attacked in her driveway on Saturday evening after she went outside to check on her children. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HUSBAND FRANK FRANA, SAYING: "The bear's jaws let her head loose then started on her arm.. she said, the adrenaline of it all-- she broke loose and went to the lenai (porch screen door) and got back into the house." Her 11-year-old son Nicholas found her: (SOUNDBITE) (English) NICHOLAS FRANA "We went to the drive where there is two bears. My sister was knocking on the front door, I went to the back porch door, I went in, and I saw my mom on the floor." Urban sprawl has brought homes like this one side-by-side to long-established bear trails. With it, comes stern warnings: (SOUNDBITE) (English) FWC Bear Program Coordinator, DAVE TELESCO, SAYING: "You don't want to put feeders out, knowingly that bears are using those feeders. That's asking for problems." Problems that no one wants to live through.

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Florida woman survives bear mauling

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 01:23