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Florida woman lucky to be alive after bear attack

Louisiana Black Bear
. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

A Florida woman is lucky to be alive after she was attacked by a bear while walking her dog.

The incident occurred around 9 p.m. Thursday in DeBary, 26 miles north of Orlando.

The woman who only identified herself as Aydee, says she was chased by and then tackled by a black bear as she stepped back onto her driveway after the walk.

“And then the dog start pulling and I let it go and then I took off running that way, and she was running behind me and she grabbed me by my shoulders and I fell to the ground,” she told WESH of Orlando.

Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported that the female bear attacked the woman because she was too close to the bear’s yearlings in a tree.

FWC bear biologists darted the adult bear in the tree and humanely killed it per the FWC policy to protect public safety,” the commission said in its statement. “The three 100-pound yearlings are old enough to survive on their own and so no attempt was made to capture them.”

The woman suffered a scratch on her face and scratches on her back.

Witnesses also reported that the bear did not appear to be afraid of humans.