Alligator attacks seem to be on the rise, with a Florida woman in her 50s the latest victim after she fell into a canal Monday morning.
According to the Associated Press, the woman – believed to be homeless – was resting on the sea wall of the canal in St. Petersburg, Florida. After falling in, a large alligator immediately attacked. The reptile’s immense bite caused severe injuries to both her arms.
Thankfully, a Good Samaritan heard her cries for help and called 911. The Florida resident, believed to be in her 50s, was taken to a hospital to treat severe puncture wounds. Currently, Associated Press cites she is in stable condition.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials continue to hunt the alligator into Tuesday. Typically, aggressive gators are either relocated or euthanized. To do so, the agency utilizes professional trappers via their Nuisance Alligator Program. A FWC trapper is currently in search of the aggressive gator for removal.
Any gator of at least 4-feet in length (1.2 meters) becomes an official “nuisance” if it is interacting with humans, the agency says. Any threat to property, too, can deem an alligator a nuisance.
Recently, the FWC tweeted out a public statement (above) for Floridians as a result of an uptick in alligator encounters.
“Concerned about an alligator? Don’t grab a garbage can, call our hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286) & we can dispatch a REAL alligator trapper,” the tweet says.
FWC’s wordage, of course, comes as a reference to the recent viral video of a Florida man trapping a 6-foot alligator in a garbage bin himself.
Florida Man vs Ornery Alligator: Don’t Ever Try This at Home
“Somebody let me know when his head goes inside this thing!” The Florida man shouts as he pursues his trespasser.
Armed only with his trash bin, the homeowner took the removal of an aggressive alligator into his own hands on September 29.
As you can imagine, the medium-sized gator was not any happier than the FWC over this ordeal, either. Outsider may be super proud of this raucous Florida man for choosing his trash bin over a rifle, but Florida laws prohibit antagonizing of alligators by citizens. Even if they are on your property.
Some continue to compare the Florida man to late hero Steve Irwin. The Crocodile Hunter taught us that conservation is key, after all. Much of conservation is relocation. Yet this individual, as FWC cites, should’ve called their Nuisance Alligator Program.
As with any viral video, however, we do not know the full circumstances of this insane footage. Perhaps this gentleman has children and pets to protect. Or maybe he was just outright sick of this 6-foot alligator camping out in his front yard; something that rarely ends well.