Positive ID made on bear that attacked woman

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Associated Press

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 11:03 AM

LONGWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife authorities have positively identified a bear that mauled a woman who was walking her dogs earlier this month in a suburb of Orlando, Fla.

But wildlife authorities said Wednesday that the bear won't be euthanized since she was captured with two of her cubs.

Two other bears were euthanized after being captured in the days after the attack.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say the mother bear and her two cubs will receive temporary care from Busch Gardens in Tampa.

Next spring, the cubs will be released back into the wild after they have been weaned, and the mother will be sent to an accredited facility that cares for bears.

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