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BigDanSBigDanS Posts: 832 Officer

Bear Rests on Hammock in Daytona Beach Neighborhood


A black bear took a much-needed break in a backyard hammock after spending the night knocking over trash cans and scaring residents in a Daytona Beach neighborhood Thursday.

Photographer Rafael Torres caught the bear climbing into a hammock and lying down, according to NBC affiliate WESH.

Torres told WESH he was about 60 feet away when he took the photos and it didn't seem bothered by his presence. He said it stayed in the hammock for 20 minutes before heading back into the woods at about 8:15 p.m.

The black bear is the first Torres said he's seen in the area by that hammock.
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  • tennmiketennmike Posts: 400 Deckhand
    I like to take a nap after a big meal, myself. Bears are making a roaring comeback in FL and elsewhere. If you provide the food concentrated in big containers they will come to exploit the free stuff.
  • FloridaODFloridaOD Posts: 3,926 Captain
    The presence of remaining Bear habitat is a positive indication of plenty of land available for continued,joyous development.Certain answer to bear 'problem'
    Hunters are present yet relatively uncommon in Florida :wink
  • JohnnyBanditJohnnyBandit Posts: 8,523 Admiral
    The bear is sitting in a hammock... What is the problem?

    I wish a bear would hang out in my yard.
  • razorreilly09razorreilly09 Posts: 8,401 Admiral
    That bear needs a beer
  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 27,757 AG
    we have a people problem
    Vote for the other candidate
  • got ants?got ants? Posts: 9,140 Officer
    And yet in Florida news......

    The hunt is on today for a black bear who mauled a woman at her home in an upscale central Florida neighborhood, leaving her with injuries to her face, legs and torso and requiring her to get 40 stitches to the head.

    Terri Frana of Lake Mary, Fla., went to her garage Saturday evening to grab bicycles for her children to ride down to their neighbor's house when the attack happened, according to her husband, Frank Frana.

    As soon as the children left, Frana, 45, saw two bears in the driveway. She walked to the patio area where there were five bears eating trash that they had pulled out of the garage, her husband said.

    "The bear got up on [its] hind legs and started to maul her, opened its jaws and put her head in the mouth and dragged her towards the woods," Frank Frana said. "Somehow she was able to pull herself out."

    "The bears were various sizes so we think it's probably cubs of different maturity and perhaps a mama bear," the Seminole County Sheriff's Office told ABC News.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said there was at least one bear involved in the attack but couldn't corroborate the report that there had been five bears.

    Frana managed to get inside the house, said her husband. Her son found her collapsed in the living room and called 911. She was then taken to a local hospital where she was treated for at least three bear bites and several cuts all over her body.

    Frana was released from the hospital Sunday morning and is recovering at home, her husband said.

    Wildlife officials are concentrating on finding the bears, and put out traps and searched for them throughout the night.

    A neighborhood resident said an injured mother bear had recently been seen in the area.

    "We've had a new bear here recently who is a mama bear and she has got two small cubs and she has got a lame left foot so, it would appear to me that she has three reasons to be aggressive," Doug Cifers said.

    The attack happened in an area 10 miles from where another woman, 54-year-old Susan Chalfant, was mauled by a black bear while walking her dogs last December.

    In the last five years, bear sightings in Florida have doubled to nearly 6,200 a year. Last summer, teenager Abigail Whetherall was also mauled by a bear after unsuccessfully trying to play dead.

    Black bear attacks on humans are highly unusual and occur mainly when a bear feels her cubs are threatened, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

    People who are attacked by black bears are encouraged to stand their ground and not back away or play dead.

    "One of biggest myths is play dead, don't do that; they eat dead animals," Police officer David Shultz told ABC News' Linzie Janis. "If you see them, make a lot of noise from a safe distance. Never try to outrun, they will outrun, outclimb. Come in contact with one, you want to back up slowly and if he keeps coming at you just act as big as you can."
  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 27,757 AG
    20,000,000 people

    2,000 bears
    Vote for the other candidate
  • GA FinGA Fin Posts: 8,956 Admiral
    Mister-Jr wrote: »
    we have a people problem

    MJ is correct. Y'all need to learn to SSSU.
    Straight white male living a life of privilege and proud of it.

    "The greatest pleasure is to vanquish your enemies and chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth and see those dear to them bathed in tears, to ride their horses and clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters."
  • razorreilly09razorreilly09 Posts: 8,401 Admiral
    Mister-Jr wrote: »
    20,000,000 people

    2,000 bears

    48885849384840 mosquitoes
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