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Florida woman encounters bear in her garage, bear drags her outside


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Florida woman encounters bear in her garage, bear drags her outside

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Apr 14, 2014

Post-winter bears are looking for a snack. For one Florida woman, however, that snack was almost her.

On April 12, Terri Franna, 44, went into her open garage to find five bears hovering around her trash. Lt. Pete Brenenstuhl of Seminole County said, "A black bear 'dragged her from inside the garage out into her driveway,' leaving her with scrapes and cuts to her face and legs," reports CNN. Franna was able to escape and run back inside her house before collapsing.

According to Today, Franna "needed 30 staples in her scalp and 10 stitches in her forehead."

On the day of the attack, local residents had been warned of the imminent presence of bears. "'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 Saturday's advisory," further reports CNN.

The agency advises homeowners to purchase bear-resistant trash cans to stop this terrifying ordeal from reoccurring. Five bears have since been killed to protect residents of this neighborhood in Lake Mary, Fla. 

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.