A 200-pound bear believed to be involved in the attack of a 54-year-old woman was captured in a Longwood neighborhood on Wednesday night, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
FWC said the trapped female bear "closely fits the description" of the animal that was involved in incident that injured Susan Chalfant while she was walking her dogs Monday night.
The bear has been euthanized because of the location of where it was trapped and because it was caught within 48 hours of the attack, officials said. Samples from the bear will be sent in for testing.
“Since the incident resulted in serious injuries, we decided to follow the course of an abundance of caution and put the bear down,” said Nick Wiley, FWC Executive Director. “Because public safety is a top priority we will continue working with the community and our trapping efforts.”
The bear cub captured Tuesday night was found to not fit the description of the bear involved in Chalfant's attack and is being housed at a Crystal River rehabilitation center, according to FWC.
Chalfant was mauled and possibly bitten Monday night while she was walking two small dogs on English Ivy Court. Chalfant was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with serious facial injuries and remains hospitalized.
For more information about Florida black bears and how to deal with them, visit the FWC website.