La Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) ha ricevuto una chiamata per l'incidente in giro 3:45 PM on Thursday, according to a statement shared with CNN. Lake Thonotosassa is located in Hillsborough County near Tampa.
The Hillsborough County Fire Rescue transported the 34-year old victim to the hospital, the FWC said, adding that it dispatched a contracted alligator trapper to the lake and is continuing to investigate the incident.
In giro 1.3 million alligators call Florida home
, according to the FWC
, living in all
67 counties in the state
. The agency recommends people stay away from alligators and avoid handling or feeding them
. Nuisance alligators
— those that are
4 feet longer or more and believed to pose a threat to people
, their pets
, or property
— are trapped and killed by the agency through its Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program
. Un totale di 9,442 nuisance alligators were killed in
2021, il FWC says.
There have been at least three fatal alligator attacks in the US this year
. Nel mese di luglio, an elderly woman died after falling into a lake and being grabbed by two alligators in Florida
. Another person was killed by an alligator near a retention pond in South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach in June
. E un Florida man was killed by an alligator while searching for Frisbees in a lake in late May