An 85-year-old woman who was walking her dog near a pond near her home in Fort Pierce, Florida, was killed Monday when she was dragged into the water by an alligator. Local authorities, including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, have reported this.
Witnesses called 911 when they saw the ten-foot-long alligator grab the woman after it had given chase to her pet dog, said the commission, a state organization that deals with local wildlife. She was dragged by the foot, and the dog was unharmed. The commission said the crocodile has since been captured and killed.
The victim, Gloria Serge, was walking through an area with many senior citizens’ residences. Residents are advised not to feed the crocodilians. When walking along the pond, it is recommended to keep the dogs on a leash and not get too close to the shore.
Authorities recovered Serge’s body. The animal was caught by a professional. It was a “struggle,” he told WPTV. The crocodile remained at the bottom and had to be pulled out of the water with two hooks.
The Fort Pierce incident is the third fatal attack by an alligator in Florida in the past 12 months. In July 2022, an 80-year-old woman was killed by two alligators when she fell into a pond. And in May 2022, authorities found the lifeless body of a 47-year-old man who, despite warnings, had gone fishing from a lake known to be home to many passerines.
Florida is home to an estimated 1.3 million alligators of all shapes and sizes. Known as “opportunistic eaters”, the animals prefer to attack easy prey. According to the commission, the odds of a Florida resident being seriously injured by an alligator are about 1 in 3.1 million.
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