Woman, 43, is bitten by six-foot ALLIGATOR while walking her dog in Florida
- The woman and her pet followed the edge of a lake 20 miles NW of Tampa
- She was sent to hospital with serious injuries to her right legbeen
- A local resident says he’s seen the alligator before and tries to ‘avoid’ it
- The nearly six-foot alligator was caught and gagged by an expert
- Florida conservationists warn to stay away from visible alligators and never let pets walk along water’s edge
A Florida woman has been hospitalized with serious injuries after an alligator gnawed its teeth in her leg Tuesday night while walking her dog.
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 alligator.
The massive reptile — seven feet and seven inches long — threw itself on the woman, clenching its jaws around her right leg.
A Florida woman has been hospitalized with serious injuries after an alligator gnawed its teeth in her leg Tuesday night while walking her dog. Pictured: An alligator trapper retrieves the animal after the attack in Palm Harbor
The mouth of the seven-foot, seven-inch alligator was tied up with black tape after the attack
“I was walking my dog and suddenly I looked back and I see this lady kind of fall by the lake and apparently she was walking her dog on the edge of the lake,” said local resident Gene Vance Fox 13.
“It looked like the alligator was trying to grab the dog, but she grabbed the dog very quickly, but in turn she slid down and the alligator just got the hang of her leg. It was like a bite and then he went back into the water.’
The woman was taken to the hospital by EMS of Pinellas County.
An alligator trapper, contracted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, captured the reptile and bound its mouth with black tape as officers and media watched.
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 his mouth shut after the attack
It took a team of law enforcement officers to get the alligator into a truck
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says moving alligators doesn’t work because they usually try to return to their habitat and in the process can damage property and injure people.
The committee says that moving alligators is not really worth it, as they always try to return to their natural habitat and can hurt even more people as a result.
It is unclear where the alligator was taken.
In a warning posted on Twitter Wednesday morning, the commission advises people to stay away from and not feed alligators, and to keep pets away from the water’s edge.
Vance said he’s seen the same alligator before, and as a result, he’s trying to “avoid being in that area.”