A woman in Fort Myers, Florida is recovering from injuries she sustained after being attacked by a 10-foot, 4-inch alligator while trimming trees.
On September 10, the 27-year-old woman was trimming trees near the edge of a lake at a Fort Myers country club when the alligator bit her. She was rushed to Lee Memorial Hospital and treated for injuries to both of her legs, according to the FWC.
The FWC also reported that the alligator was later caught by a trapper who was contracted to remove the creature. Afterward, the trapper transferred the huge reptile to an alligator farm. The FWC said they are still investigating the incident.
Other Recent Alligator Attacks in Florida
On September 13, just a few days after the woman was attacked in Fort Myers, a man suffered similar injuries. The man in Port St. Lucie, FL was walking his dog beside a residential canal. The alligator lunged out and bit him as he suffered injuries to his leg. Likewise, the 8-foot, 3-inch reptile that bit him was removed from the area and taken to an alligator farm.
Mark Johnson, 61, said the gator grabbed ahold of his leg and tried to drag him under the water. The large reptile released Johnson when he poked it in its eye.
“I kind of slide and my foot is stuck in the mud, and the next thing I know, I see the lunge,” Johnson told WPTV. “He starts clamping down pretty tight and he started to pull, and the next thing I do, I instantly, here’s my fingers, I poke through the eye.”
Johnson’s dog was unhurt in the attack. However, Johnson himself received 62 stitches for his injuries.
According to the FWC, attacks shouldn’t be taken lightly, but injuries caused by the massive reptiles are rare.
“FWC places the highest priority on public safety and administers a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP),” an FWC statement said. “The goal of SNAP is to proactively address alligator threats in developed areas, while conserving alligators in areas where they naturally occur.”
SNAP uses contracted nuisance alligator trappers throughout Florida. They use them to track and remove alligators who could threaten the safety of people or their pets.