LONGWOOD, Fla. - A black bear bit a Seminole County woman’s butt Friday morning.
It happened at a Wekiva Springs area apartment complex.
Wildlife agents have set traps for the animal in the hopes of catching it quickly.
The woman surprised the bear at a Dumpster in the Camden Club Apartments.
Terri Gurley was walking her dog near a trash compactor when she turned around and saw a 300-pound black bear with its cub.
"I prefer to see them in the zoo," said Gurley.
Gurley said she was so terrified that she fell over and the bear bit her on her bottom.
"We were just woken up by blood curdling screams, and I just heard 'Help me. Help me,’" said Kristen Reeves, a Camden Club resident.
Gurley was taken to Florida Hospital Altamonte and was later released with a bandage over the 5-inch-wide bite mark.
WFTV leaned that there have already been 14 bear sightings in the same area this year.
On Thursday a biologist recommended bear traps be put in the community.
Wildlife officials said they've been warning residents about the bear problem for years.
Residents put their garbage in trash bins, but wildlife officials want everyone to get rid of them because they draw bears right to people's front doors.
The apartment complex gives residents fliers about what to do if they come across bears, but apartment complex employees won’t say if they’ll get rid of the trash bins.
Gurley said she's glad the attack did not end with anything more than a bite to the bottom.
"Some kind of way I was able to get up. I still don't know how I got up," said Gurley.
Gurley did not have to undergo rabies treatments.
Florida Fish and Wildlife officials said that they will put the bear down if it's caught because it bit someone. But officials aren't sure what they'll do about the cub.
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