A Seminole County woman was attacked by a bear Saturday night. Video courtesy of FOX 35.

A Seminole County woman is recovering at home today after being attacked by a bear.

The woman, whom the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission identified as Terri Frana, is back home from the hospital, where she was treated for scratches and claw marks to the head and face after the attack Saturday evening.

And while Frana initially told investigators that she was attacked by five bears, authorities no longer believe that’s the case.

“As far as we know there was only one aggressive bear,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer Lenny Salberg said during a press conference Sunday morning. He said there may have been other bears in the immediate area, but only one is thought to have attacked the woman.


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Frana told investigators she happened upon a group of bears rummaging through her garbage in her garage, and that they dragged her from the garage before she managed to escape.

Her home is on Brackenhurst Place in the Carisbrooke subdivision. It’s located at the intersection of Markham Road and Markham Woods Road near Lake Mary.

Officials believe the bear responsible for the attack weighs about 200 lbs, Salberg said.

Sunday morning, bears were spotted inside the subdivision and crossing a nearby street. Wildlife officers attempted to tranquilize one with a dart, but it ran off.

Three traps have been set up inside the Carisbrooke subdivision as officials continue to investigate. Salberg said if the bear behind the attack is caught, it will be euthanized.

Historically, bears in Florida are not known to attack humans. A December incident in which a woman was mauled by a bear near Wekiva Springs State Park is the most serious to date. A Lake County man claimed to have been attacked in his mobile-home park in February, but later admitted he’d lied about the incident.

Bob Myers has been bicycling on a trail that runs past the Carisbrooke subdivision for the past several years, without ever seeing a bear. But he expects encounters like Saturday's to become more common.

“We're encroaching on the bears,” he said. “There's more construction, so it's going to happen.”

FWC asks residents to call the agency’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 to report any threatening bear activity.

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