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Bear Attacks Florida Woman Walking Her Dogs
A woman in Florida has been attacked and seriously injured by a bear while walking her dogs.
The woman from the central Florida town of Longwood was being treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center. She has not been identified.
Her injuries, while serious, were not considered life-threatening, officials said.
"She was out walking her dogs. The bear attacked her. She got away and ran to a neighbour's house," said Lieutenant Alisa Keyes of Seminole County Fire and Rescue.
"The bear ran off and they were unable to locate him."
The attack took place about a mile away from a conservation area known for bear sightings, local reports said.
Biologists were sent to hunt for paw prints and set a trap, but the animal has not been located.
Bear complaints have risen in Florida in recent years, with the animals venturing into residential areas in search of easily obtainable food.
"It's fall and the bears are trying to fatten up," said Karen Parker of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
"Our big message is remove attractants from your yard."