SPOKE WITH SOME OF THEM ABOUT
HOW THEY WANT THE SITUATION
HANDLED. DAVE: JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT
TUESDAY, AN EMERGENCY CALL TO
911.>>MY WIFE WAS OUT WALKING OUR
DOG, JUST LET THE DOG OUT, AND
SHE WAS ATTACKED BY A BEAR. DAVE: HIS DESCRIPTION TO
DISPATCH DETAILING THE INJURIES.>>SHE FELL ON HER HEAD AND HAS
A BIG, SMASHED HER HEAD AND BIT
HER ON THE HEEL. DAVE: THAT BITE HAS FISH AND
WILDLIFE WORKING TO TRAP THE
MOTHER BEAR AND HER CUBS IF
POSSIBLE. THE MOTHER, BASED ON A DEFINED
THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY, WILL BE
EUTHANIZED, THE CUBS, RELOCATED.>>MY HOPE IS THAT THEY COULD
TAKE LESS DRASTIC ACTION. IT DOESN’T SEEM TO ME THE BEAR
NEEDS TO BE REMOVED. DAVE: PEOPLE LIVING IN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD HOPES THE STATE
RECONSIDERS.>>TO PUNISH THE BEAR BECAUSE
SHE WAS PROTECTING HER CUBS JUST
SEEMS A LITTLE OFF.>>THE BEAR WAS DOING WHAT SHE
WOULD NORMALLY DO, SHE WAS
PROTECTING HER CUBS. DAVE: FISH AND WILDLIFE SAYS IT
HAS SPECIFIC CRITERIA FOR WHAT
TRIGGERS ACTION TO PROTECT
PUBLIC SAFETY. BITING A PERSON TOPS THE LIST. IN THE COMMON AREAS AT THE
SPRINGS THERE’S A LOT OF
BEAR-RESISTANT TRASH CANS. I TALKED WITH A MAN WHO SAYS
THEY’RE ALSO AVAILABLE TO ALL
RESIDENTS, AND HE’S FRUSTRATED
WHEN GARBAGE IS SET OUT WITHOUT
THEM.>>THAT PERPETUATES THE FACT THE
BEARS KEEP COMING AROUND. DAVE: FEWER BEARS HANG OUT AT
THE SPRINGS SINCE THE SPECIAL
GARBAGE CANS HAVE ARRIVED. AND NO ONE CAN SAY WITH ANY
CERTAINTY THAT TRASH LED TO WHAT
HAPPENED TUESDAY. IN LONGWOOD, DAVE MCDANIEL