Officials have confirmed that a woman was hospitalized after being bitten in the rear end by a bear while walking her dog this morning in Longwood.
The attack happened at 7 a.m. outside an apartment complex on Sable Lake Drive, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Joy Hill.
The woman was taken to Florida Hospital Altamonte with four puncture wounds.
Wildlife officers are setting traps for bear, which will be euthanized if it is caught.
Encounters with bears are common in west Seminole County because of its proximity to the Wekiva River, but wildlife officials have determined that some of the bears there have wandered all the way from the Ocala National Forest.
When nuisance bears are in remote arrests, they sometimes are tranquilized and moved to another area. But when they wander into congested areas or have an encounter that results in injuries to a human, they often are euthanized.