ST. LUCIE COUNTY – An 85-year-old woman was killed by an alligator in the Spanish Lakes area on Monday, Feb. 20, according to FWC ...
ST. LUCIE COUNTY – An 85-year-old woman was killed by an alligator in the Spanish Lakes area on Monday, Feb. 20, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
According to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses called 911 Monday afternoon after a 10 to 11 foot long alligator attacked a woman who was walking a dog. According to the witnesses, the alligator grabbed the dog and the woman tried to save her pet. The dog somehow survived but the women was killed. Her name has not been released.
FWC called a nuisance alligator trapper who was able to capture the gator about two hours later. The gator weighed an estimated 700 pounds.
FWC warns that although many Floridians have learned to coexist with alligators, the potential for conflict always exists.
People with concerns about an alligator should call FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-392-4286. When someone concerned about an alligator calls the Nuisance Alligator Hotline, FWC will dispatch a contracted nuisance alligator trapper to resolve the situation.
• Never feed an alligator.
• Keep pets away from the water’s edge.
• Swim during the day and only in designated areas.
• If you see an alligator, keep your distance.
“Our prayers go out to the loved ones of the victim and the Spanish Lakes’ residents who knew the victim and witnessed the attack,” said Sheriff Ken Mascara.