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Bear drags Florida woman from garage

  • Woman claims she was attacked by a bear rummaging through her garbage
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is investigating the incident
Bear drags Florida woman from garage

A 45-year-old woman in Lake Mary, Florida, got quite a shock Saturday night when she went inside her garage and discovered a bear digging in her garbage cans.

Seminole County Sheriff's Lt. Pete Brenenstuhl reports that the bear dragged Terri Frana from her garage to her driveway, but she escaped and ran back into the home, where her husband dialed 911.

The woman told authorities as many as five bears "of various sizes" were present. However, a statement released Sunday from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirms that while several bears were near the area, only one attacked her.

"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," the statement read.

Frana, who had cuts and scrapes on her face and legs, was released Sunday morning from South Seminole Hospital.

The FWC posted a news release on April 9 offering free bear-resistant garbage cans and advising residents to take precautions to keep bears away from their homes.

The agency also issued a recent warning that hibernation season is over, which means bears will be on the move.

"Now is the time to expect bears to show up looking for food," Dave Telesco, the head of the wildlife commission's bear management program, said in an advisory Saturday. "If they can't find food in your neighborhood, they'll move on."

CNN Wires contributed to this report.

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