Woman, 43, is bitten by an eight-foot ALLIGATOR while walking her dog in Florida
- The woman and her pet were tracing the edge of a lake 20 miles NW of Tampa
- She was sent to the hospital with serious injuries to her right leg
- A nearby resident says he’s seen the alligator before and tries to ‘avoid’ it
- The nearly eight-foot alligator was trapped and gagged by an expert
- Florida wildlife officials warn to stay away from any visible alligators and to never walk any pets along the edge of the water
A Florida woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after an alligator sunk its teeth into her leg while she was out walking her dog on Tuesday evening.
The 43-year-old woman, who has not been named, was strolling along the edge of a lake in a residential area of Palm Harbor, less than 20 miles northwest of Tampa, when she and her pet were confronted by the gator.
The massive reptile – measuring at seven feet and seven inches long – launched itself at the woman and clenched its jaw around her right leg.
A Florida woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after an alligator sunk its teeth into her leg while she was out walking her dog on Tuesday evening. Pictured: An alligator trapper retrieves the animal after the attack in Palm Harbor
The seven-foot, seven-inch alligator’s mouth was bound with black tape after the attack
‘I was walking my dog and all the sudden I looked back and I see this lady kinda falling by the lake a little bit and apparently she was walking her dog close to the edge of the lake,’ nearby resident Gene Vance told Fox 13.
‘It looked like the gator tried to get the dog but she grabbed the dog really quick, but in turn she slipped down and the gator got her leg just underneath the knee. It was like one chomp and then he went back into the water.’
The woman was taken to the hospital by Pinellas County EMS.
An alligator trapper contracted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission caught the reptile and bound its mouth with black tape as officers and media watched on.
The alligator was then loaded onto the back of a black pickup truck with the help of an officer.
An alligator trapper straddled the reptile to tape its mouth shut after the attack
It took a crew of law enforcement officials to wrangle the gator into a truck
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says relocating alligators doesn’t work because they usually try to return to their habitat, and may damage property and hurt people in the process
The commission says relocating alligators isn’t really worth it, given that they always try to return to their natural habitat and, in doing so, may hurt even more people.
It is unclear where the alligator was taken.
In a warning posted to Twitter Wednesday morning, the commission advises people to stay away from alligators and to avoid feeding them, as well as to keep pets away from the water’s edge.
Vance said that he’s seen the same alligator before, and as a result he tries to ‘avoid being in that area.’