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A Florida woman survived being tackled by a black bear while walking her dog at night: 'I took off running'

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  • A Florida woman was attacked by a Black bear while walking her dog.
  • Aydee told local news the bear tackled her to the ground.
  • Florida officials said the bear was later killed "to protect public safety."

A Florida woman survived a surprise black bear attack while she was walking her dog at night earlier this month, according to reports. 

The woman, identified as Aydee, was left with a scratch on her face after the bear tackled her to the ground while she was walking her dog near her home in Debary, Florida, Fox 35 Orlando reported. 

"I took off running, and she [the bear] came running behind me," Aydee said, the report said. 


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The woman told authorities that the animal "jumped me and threw me on the floor," according to Volusia County Sheriff's Office body camera footage provided to CBS Miami. The bear's yearlings were reportedly nearby during the attack. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries on the scene and her dog was not harmed. 

"FWC bear biologists darted the adult bear in the tree and humanely killed it per the FWC policy to protect public safety," the agency said in a statement. "The three 100-pound yearlings are old enough to survive on their own and so no attempt was made to capture them."

A man in Daytona — about 34 miles away from where Aydee was attacked — recently fought off a black bear on his front porch while trying to protect his dogs.

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