BRADENTON, FL — Gordon Silver said Saturday night was no different for his next-door neighbor, 77-year-old Kathleen Murder. That is until she turns the corner near the pond in her Del Webb Lakewood Ranch Retirement Community.
“She walks this sidewalk all the time every day,” he said. “I think he was in the bush. From what I understand, I don’t think she saw him. And she was right by the alligator. He was a foot or so from that alligator.” He must have walked to the
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC): About 8 feet of gator bit murdererThe FWC crew later caught it and euthanized it.
FWC nuisance alligator trappers were dispatched to the scene and exterminated the 7’10 inch alligator. Witnesses to the incident maintained visual contact with the alligator until it was captured. Officials are confident the responsible alligator has been removed.
Meanwhile, Murder is currently receiving treatment for an injury, and Silver told ABC Action News that it was all thanks to another neighbor’s quick thinking.
“He immediately started screaming and the crocodile turned around and jumped into the water. After that, nobody knows what happened, so he really saved her life,” he said. rice field.
Silver said the incident was shocking for many reasons, but especially because it happened near his home and he often photographs alligators in the area. And in his experience, he knows they’re a little more cunning.
“I’ve never come near them. They usually run in the opposite direction,” he said.
That said, Silver also hopes the incident will not cause the community to fear these animals, instead raising all awareness about them.
“Be more careful and don’t feed them. If they’re building a nest, stay away, because any mother will protect her babies. We can be attacked,” he said.
According to the FWC, 22 gator bite incidents have been reported this year. This is up from his 21 last year. Overall, these incidents, especially unintentional bites, are extremely rare, they added.
If you are concerned about alligators in your area, the FWC has a toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).