Source Associated press and Fox News
Three women have been attacked and killed by Alligators in seperate incidents in Florida in the last week alone. This is much higher than the average of less than one per year rate previously experienced.
One of the women was killed near Lake George. There is a hot spring that I have been to that flows for a couple of miles before it empties into Lake George. After seeing all the alligators in Lake George years ago I was leery of getting in the clear warm water of the hot spring. This place is chocker block full of Alligators and the first one we saw was half way between the spring and the lake. And it was the largest one we saw the whole trip. Estimated to be just over 15 feet long. Lake George didn't appear to have any small gators as 5 or 6 feet long was the smallest we saw... and we saw probably over 100!
During the attack others saw what was happening and amazingly jumped into the water and were able to get her out of the alligators mouth but were unable to save her life.
Another apparent alligator attack occured in Pinellas County, the body of a woman was found early Sunday in a canal 20 miles north of St. Petersburg also. The woman's body had been in the water for about three days, authorities said. She suffered animal bites that were consistent with an alligator, which "did play some part in the victim's death," according to a preliminary autopsy.
Authorities have been attempting to catch large gators in both of the above locations.
In the third incedent a construction workers found the dismembered body of a Florida Atlantic University student in a canal near Fort Lauderdale. It was concluded that an alligator had attacked her on land and dragged her into the water.
The alligator responsible for this attack is believed to have been captured. Its stomach contained two human arms. The alligator was nearly 10 foot long.
Although there are only 18 confirmed deaths from alligators in Florida there or other deaths that are probable or possible attacks but it is not known if they died before or after the attack.
Florida has recently opened up an alligator harvest and the many years long ban on killing them has been lifted. But apparently the harvest numbers are too localized and insufficient to have brought the burgening population of large alligators down to safer levels.
Monday, May 15. 2006
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